Blackridge

Community Fund

Background

The Blackridge Community Fund is a charitable fund to benefit those living in the Blackridge community council area.The fund is supported by annual payments from three different wind farms -  the Torrance Wind Farm, owned by FS Wind Ltd, Torrance Extension Wind Farm, owned by Harthill Wind Ltd and Burnhead Moss Wind Farm that is owned by EDF Renewables 

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the area can apply to the Foundation for grants from the Fund. Foundation Scotland receives and processes grant applications but recommendations are made by a Community Panel made up of local residents from Blackridge. 

The Fund will also will support local people with vocational education and training opportunities using local training facilities and contribute to creating job opportunities in the local area.

As is consistent across all our work on community benefit funds, Foundation Scotland had no role in the planning and building of any wind farms and nor does Foundation Scotland have any responsilbity in its day to day operations.

 

Making A Difference

Some headline figures about the Fund (to Feb 2019):

£48,482

Total annual income

£99,739

Total disbursement to date from Blackridge Fund to local groups

55

Awards made

£1,813

Average grant award

£220

Lowest value award 

£12,000

Largest award 

41

Number of Burnhead Education & Training grants to date 

£26,000

Value of Burnhead Education & Training Fund shared with Limerigg & Slamannan and Avonbridge & Standburn

5

Panel members

£209,161

Total income 

The Fund supports community groups and charities working in the Blackridge area that provide 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.  

It will also support local people with vocational education and training opportunities using local training facilities and contribute to creating job opportunities in the local area.

Grants to groups are usually between £250 - £4000 but applications for more than £4000 will be considered. Please contact Foundation Scotland for a discussion about your project if you are considering applying for more than £4000. Do not complete a standard application form in the first instance.

The Fund also recognises that some community activity is organised by groups that are more informal without formal governance arrangements in place. Such groups ca sometimes be supported depending on circumstances and are encouraged to complete a standard application form.

Timescales

2019 deadlines for the Blackridge Community Fund are:

September 20th decision for Mid November.

December 13th decision for Early Feb.

 

2020 deadlines for the Blackridge Community Fund are:

March 20th decision for Mid May.

June 22nd decision for Mid-August.

How to Apply

 

Please complete the online application form or download the application form and return.

Grants

Latest Grants

Steps Dance School Parents Committee

  • To contribute to travel and passes to the UDO World Street Dance Championships 2019 being held in Blackpool on 22 August 2019.
  • Amount awarded: £4,000

Blackridge Community Council

  • To fund the production of a quarterly community newsletter for two years.
  • Amount awarded: £2,712

Blackridge Social Activities and Entertainment Group

  • To fund the Blackridge Bonfire and Fireworks Display for 3 years from 2019-2021.
  • Amount awarded: £7,500

Blackridge SWRI

  • To fund coach hire and meal out for the group's outing to the V&A Museum in Dundee.
  • Amount awarded: £526

Monday Club

  • To fund a group outing, including railway trip, afternoon tea, and minibus.
  • Amount awarded: £372

Blackridge Thistle Flute Band

  • To contribute to the purchase of a new percussion set, including 8 new marching drums, bass drum, leg rests and emblazonment.
  • Amount awarded: £4,000

Paper Craft Group

  • To purchase equipment for the Paper Craft Group.
  • Amount awarded: £4,000

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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