Annandale and Nithsdale

Community Benefit Company


Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC) is funded by ScottishPower Renewables community benefit fund for Harestanes wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway.  The fund primarily supports projects located within or directly benefiting one or more of 42 community council areas in Annandale and Nithsdale as detailed below.

ANCBC is a company limited by guarantee with a voluntary Board of twelve directors elected from the membership. Members are nominated by each of the community councils.

The fund  began grant making in 2015. It is anticipated that an annual amount of £300,000 will be paid into the fund for the operating life of the wind farm.Foundation Scotland manages the grant-making process on behalf of the company and supports the ANCBC board.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the following areas can apply to the fund. Your group must have a constitution (a governing document or set of rules) and be set up on a not for profit basis. It does not need to be a registered charity to apply.

East, West or South Community Council Community Council Community Council
East Lockerbie Kirkmichael Eskdalemuir
  Moffat Kirkpatrick- Juxta Johnstone
  Templand Lochmaben and District Wamphray
  North Milk    
South Dalton & Currutherstown Heathall Royal Four Towns
  Holywood/Newbridge Irongray Georgetown
  Tinwald Lochside and Woodlands Loreburn
  Terregles Torthorwald Troqueer
  Mouswald Corrberry and Laurieknowe Kingholm Quay
  Lincluden Locharbriggs Ryedale
  St. Michaels Summerville and Stakeford  
West Auldgirth Carronbridge Closeburn
  Dunscore Glencairn Keir
  Kirkmahoe Penpont Thornhill
  Tynron Durisdeer Ae

Making A Difference

ANCBC will support charitable activities that support the rural regeneration and sustainability of communities within the area of benefit. Awards can support a wide range of costs and activities including equipment, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities and capital costs to purchase or develop community assets.

Applications which address any of the following issues are particularly welcome:

  • Community facilities, services, rural transport, affordable housing, community development

  • Community or local events

  • Environmental projects

  • Heritage

  • Skills, employment, tourism, reducing poverty and disadvantage, improving rural business opportunities, building the capacity of community and voluntary organisations, supporting innovation and social enterprise

  • Sport, recreation and improving the health of residents

  • Youth and education, tackling out migration of young people, achieving parity with national educational attainment levels

  • Promoting care and support of vulnerable people; improving community safety.


The Fund is now open for applications again.  Dates are as follows:

Application Deadline


3rd December 2018

February 2019

11th March 2019

May 2019

4th August 2019

September 2019

2nd December 2019

February 2020





How to Apply

Please visit the ANCBC website for details of how to apply 



Latest Grants

Thornhill and District Community Transport

  • To assist in the purchase of a replacement minibus
  • Amount Awarded £9466

SWing Band

  • To fund the purchase ofd music stands, banners, scores and outdoor jackets for performers as well as a study day with a professional jazz musician
  • Amount Awarded:  £4,053

Locher Thistle Youths AFC

  • To remove and replace flourescent lighting in an indoor traiing arena with energy-efficient LED lights
  • Amount Awarded: £4,000

Thornhill Friendship Club

  • To fund energy saving measures, renew toilet facilities for disabled use, structural repoaris and refurbish the kitchen
  • Amount Awarded: £20,000

Colin Village Hall Management Committee

  • To upgrade boiler and heating system in Colin Village Hall
  • Amount Awarded: £3310

LGS Community Trust

  • To turn Hamilton Starke Playing Fields and Pavillion into a vibrant, sustainable community venue
  • Amount Awarded:  £14,463

Annandale Transport Initiative

  • To contribute towards the running costs of provide affordable accessible community transport for the residents of Annandale and Eskdale.
  • Amount Awarded: £20,000

Moniaive Michelmas Bluegrass Festival

  • To contribute to the costs of accommodation, tutor fees and campsite hire for the Noniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festiva
  • Amount Awarded: £1,000

Troqueer Landward Community Festival

  • To provide a range of outdoor playpark equipment, to make the playpark at Beeches Avenue, Cargenbridge all ability
  • Amount Awarded £20,000

Kate's Kitchen

  • To contribute towards funding a support worked and development worker for three years
  • Amount Awarded £20,000

Boreland Village Hall

  • To purchase 15 new tables and 20 new chairs for Boreland Village Hall
  •  Amount Awarded £1,000
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