Assel Valley Community Fund


The Barr Assel Valley Community Fund is funded by Falck Renewables from its Assel Valley wind farm in South Ayrshire. The fund supports projects located within or directly benefiting the community council area of Barr. Other funds are available for projects benefitting the neighbouring community council areas of Girvan & District, and Pinwherry & Pinmore, and these are administered under separate arrangements.

An Advisory Panel of local Community Councillors, decides on awards from the fund.

The fund income comprises index-linked annual payments. The amount available in 2017 is approximately £47,592. From 2018, around £25,000 will be available each year.

For more information please read the Fund Factsheet.

Making A Difference

Barr Assel Valley Community Fund will support charitable activities that benefit the community of Barr. 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 etc.

As well as demonstrating a fit with the aims outlined above, priority can be given to projects that address the following additional criteria.

  • Match funding: That other possible funding sources for the project have been explored. This might include applicants raising some funds through their own fundraising efforts. The fund should not displace funding that could be obtained from other sources, but should help lever-in additional funds if possible. Additionally it should not reduce community-based groups’ commitment to organising local activities that contribute to a vibrant community calendar and promote community spirit. Ideally, applicants can demonstrate that a percentage of the total project cost will be sourced from other funding sources, including the applicant organisation itself, which might be in a position to contribute to the project cost.

  • Local procurement: That local suppliers will be used for the provision of goods and services, where appropriate (e.g. in terms of quality of products / services available) and feasible (in terms of availability and cost). (‘Local’ will vary depending on the nature and availability of the item/service in question. In some cases it could be taken to mean within Barr and the surrounding area, but in others South Ayrshire or indeed the South of Scotland might be most appropriate).

  • Care for our environment: That consideration has been given to minimising the environmental impact of projects and reducing the applicant organisation’s ‘carbon footprint’.

  • Local consultation:That the organisation has consulted an appropriate number of the intended beneficiaries of the project and can demonstrate local support for the proposal.

  • Partnership working: That the organisation has considered whether delivering their project in partnership with other organisations / groups will add value (financial, capability, or other). This could involve working with voluntary, private or public sector bodies that operate at local, regional or national level.


Awards cannot support the following types of activity:

  • The advancement of religion or party politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups)

  • Activities understood to be the primary responsibility of statutory authorities

  • Projects primarily benefiting residents outwith the Area of Benefit (determined by the Community Council boundaries)

  • Activities contrary to the interests of Barr Community Council, Falck Renewables, Foundation Scotland or any other companies or donors contributing to the fund

  • Activities likely to bring Barr Community Council, Falck Renewables, Foundation Scotland, or any companies or donors contributing to the fund into disrepute 

  • Anti-renewable energy or anti-windfarm activities 

  • Retrospective funding (i.e. paying for costs incurred before a decision on an application to the fund can be made)

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts.

  • Costs towards any element of overseas trips that are not part of a recognised Twin Town arrangement. 

  • Activities benefitting primarily flora or fauna


Application Deadlines in 2017 are:

  • Monday 6th February for a decision in April
  • Monday 8th May for a decision in July
  • Mon 7th August for a decision in October
  • Mon 6th November for a decision in January 2018


How to Apply

Please ensure you read the Fund Factsheet before applying.

For grants under £10,000, please read the guidelines prior to applying online or downloading the small grant application form.

For larger grants, please read the guidelines prior to completing the enquiry form

We welcome pre-application enquiries. For more information about the fund, contact Foundation Scotland on 01557 814927 or email



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