Community Fund


This charitable Fund was originally created in 2009 with a donation to Blackford Community Council by Ochil Developments, the developer of the G West development near Blackford. The fund is intended to be a lasting resource for the community of Blackford. The Fund also receives an annual payment from the EDF Energy Renewables Burnfoot Hill, Burnfoot North and Rhodders Wind Farms. This arrangement started in 2011 and will continue for the life time of the wind farm which is expected to be 25 years.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the area can apply to the Foundation for grants from the Fund. Although the Foundation will receive and process applications for grants, recommendations about grants and how the money is used will be made by a Community Panel made up of local residents from Blackford, together with a representative from each of the Community Councils.

The Fund is intended to be a lasting resource for the community of Blackford.

For more information on how the fund is supporting the community read the Fund report for 2016-17


Making A Difference

The Fund supports community groups and charities working in the Blackford Community Council area that are providing activities or services which promote community spirit and bring people together, enhance quality of life and promote people’s well-being and foster a vibrant, sustainable community.

Groups or organisations that have a constitution (governing document or set of rules) and are set-up on a not-for-profit basis which want to run a project or carry out activity that will benefit residents in the Blackford community council area are welcome to apply. (In exceptional circumstances non constituted groups may apply for smaller grants up to £500). Organisations do not need to be registered charities in order to apply to the Fund.

Applications for projects that benefit older residents of the community are particularly welcome.

The following case study provides examples of how the fund is making a difference to the community:

Blackford Crafters


There are two rounds in 2018:

  • Deadline 28th March 
  • Deadline 30th August

How to Apply

Please read the guidelines before completing the application form.


Latest Grants

Blackford Gala Day Committee

  • To contribute to the cost of entertainment, hall hire, inflatables, prizes and bunting for this year's Gala.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford Events Group

  • To contribute to the cost of a fireworks display to be held in November 2017, including lighting, additional fireworks and insurance.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford is Brighter

  • To extend the stone wall feature in the scree garden with a matching wall to finish the back boundary of the garden.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford Fiddle Group

  • To contribute to the cost of purchasing additional instruments and professional tutoring.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Senior Citizens Lunch Club

  • To fund a Spring Lunch for members, with two-course lunch and entertainment.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford Highland Games Committee

  • To fund the annual senior citizens outing and to carry out some upkeep of the group's storage huts.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford Bells

  • To purchase music, risers and bells and to renew the group's insurance.
  • Amount awarded: £1,191

Blackford Festive Lights

  • To fund insurance, refreshments and decorations for the Christmas light switch on event in December 2017.
  • Amount awarded: £600

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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