Cairnryan Community Fund


Cairnryan Community Fund is funded by ScottishPower Renewables community benefit fund from its Glen App Windfarm in South Ayrshire, and Greencoat UK Wind Ltd, owners of the North Rhins wind farm.

The fund supports projects located within or directly benefiting Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway. Applications must benefit the community, which is geographically defined by the Community Council boundaries.

Cairnryan Community Fund Advisory Panel, which is made up of Community Councillors and other local volunteer members, decides on grant awards from the fund. 

Download a copy of the Cairnryan Fund Factsheet for more information.


Cairnryan Community Fund will support community-led charitable activities that support the rural regeneration and sustainability of the community.

Awards can support a wide range of costs and activities including equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc.

Making A Difference

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

  • Community engagement and consultation: That the applicant can demonstrate effective involvement of local people and/or people who will benefit from the project in the design and delivery of the project.

  • Leverage or match funding: That the applicant is seeking to secure match funding for the project (from local fundraising activity or other sources) and/or can demonstrate what other funding may be secured as a result of implementing this particular project.

  • Local procurement: That local suppliers of goods and services will be used, where appropriate (e.g., in terms of quality of products / services available) and feasible (in terms of availability and cost). The definition of ‘local’ will vary depending on the goods/services in question. In some cases it could be taken to mean within the Area of Benefit but in others the South of Scotland might be most appropriate.

  • Sustainability: That organisations can demonstrate their plans for the project to become sustainable in the future without the need to rely on grant funding. 

  • Building community capacity: That the applicant has considered whether the project provides opportunities to build the skills and knowledge of group members or other people connected with the project. 

  • Partnership working: Where appropriate, that the applicant 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.


The deadlines for 2019 are as follows


Decisions due

26th February

Late April/Early May 

31st May 

Early August

30th August

Late October/Early November

17th December

Late February/Early March 2020

How to Apply

Please ensure you read the Fund Factsheet  before applying.

Cairnryan Community Fund (£500-£10,000)

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

Completed and signed applications should be submitted to Programme Administrator Foundation Scotland, The Kiosk, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 2HP.

For more information please contact the Programme Administrator: 01577 814927 or email

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