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 about the fund  you can read the  Fund Report for 2013 - 2015

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.


There are two closing dates in 2017:

  • 10 April with decisions due  mid-May

  • 11 September with decisions due mid-October

How to Apply

Please read the guidelines before completing the application form.


Latest Grants

Blackford Improvement Group

  • To contribute to the cost of redeveloping the park in the centre of Blackford.
  • Amount awarded: £45,774

Blackford Events Group

  • To contribute to the cost of holding a fireworks display on 5 Nov 2016.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford Sings

  • To contribute to the cost of a professional song leader for 12 sessions over Jan-May 2017, hall hire, and miscellaneous expenses.
  • Amount awarded: £1,000

Blackford Bells

  • To provide the balance of funding required to purchase a set of diatonic handbells.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford Gala Day Committee

  • To contribute to the cost of the senior citizens trip, hall hire for concert and quiz, inflatables, children's entertainment and Gala prizes.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford Highland Games Committee

  • To contribute to the cost of the annual senior citizens outing.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford is Brighter

  • To carry out some landscaping in the scree garden, including removing some trees which obstruct the view of the garden and purchasing more chips and alpine plants.
  • Amount awarded: £1,500

Blackford Historical Society

  • To purchase a projector screen and to purchase the indexes to valuation rolls giving details of owner and tenant of properties for years 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1920, 1925 and 1930.
  • Amount awarded: £163

Senior Citizens Lunch Club

  • To contribute to the cost of the annual Christmas party and spring outing.
  •  Amount awarded: £1,500

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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