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.
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).
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.
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