Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.

 

Acknowledge & Close

EDF Burnfoot Hill, Burnfoot North

and Rhodders Funds

Background

These three charitable Funds are provided by EDF Renewables, the developer of the Burnfoot Hill, Burnfoot North and Rhodders Wind Farms. The funds benefit a number of different communities in Perth & Kinross and Clackmannanshire.

The Burnfoot Hill Fund benefits the Community Council areas of Alva, Dollar and Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton & Devonside in Clackmannanshire and Blackford and the hamlet of Glendevon in Perth and Kinross.. The annual fund started at £30,000 in 2011 and will rise in line with inflation for the operational life time of the wind farm.

With support from Foundation Scotland, the four Clackmannanshire ‘Hillfoots’ communities formed an advisory panel made up of local people from each village that advises on decisions about grant awards. Blackford uses an existing mechanism for the distribution of their portion of the fund and Glendevon’s fund is managed through the Auchterarder & District Community Trust. 

The community fund from Burnfoot North extends to the same communities as Burnfoot Hill. The community fund from the Rhodders wind farm also benefits Braco & Greenloaning and is managed through the Ardoch Development Trust. 

With the commissioning of the adjacent Burnfoot North wind farm in 2014 and Rhodders wind farm in 2015 this annual payment has now increased to a minimum of £60,000 per annum for the next 20+ years.

The minimum level of award you can apply for is £500 and the maximum is £5,000. Grants requests may be multi-year but usually for no more than three years.

If you do have a viable project and good reason to apply for more than £5,000 please contact Foundation Scotland in the first instance. You may then be invited to provide a brief proposal which will be reviewed by the Panel and who may then invite a formal application for a larger amount.

If your grant request is for less than £500 you can apply for a Micro Grant administered by each of the Community Councils for projects in their respective areas. Please contact your local Community Council for further information.

Occasionally the Panel may commission an activity where – informed by consultation with other stakeholders - they consider there is a particular gap, need or opportunity.

Aim

The EDF-ER Burnfoot Hill Community Fund provides grants to community organisations providing activities that

  • Enhance quality of life for local residents;

  • Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities;

  • Promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

For projects benefiting Menstrie, Tillicoultry and/or Dollar the applicant is expected to demonstrate how their project is contributing to that village’s Community Action Plan.

 

Priorities

This table highlights the areas of improvement each community is committed to. For further details please consult each of the action plans using the links below:

Menstrie Alva Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton & Devonside Dollar
Community facilties & activities Local facilities & events Community facilities & activities Local economy
Paths, roads & parking   Roads, traffic & transport Access to services
Local economy & sustainability Tourism & the local economy Tourism & local economy Community & recreation
Village environment Town environment  Town & village environment Housing & sustainability 
Access to services    A sustainable community Enviroment & heritage
    Recreation & youth  

Menstrie Community Action Plan

Alva Community Action Plan

Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton & Devonside Community Action Plan

Dollar Community Action Plan

 

Making A Difference

Read how the fund is making a difference:

Menstrie Community Council

Tillicoultry Allotment Association

Exclusions

Awards cannot support the following types of activity:

  • The advancement of religion or party politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups).

  • Activities understood to be the exclusive responsibility of statutory authorities.

  • Projects benefiting primarily residents outwith the Area of Benefit.

  • Activities contrary to the interests of EDF-ER or any companies in its group.

  • Activities likely to bring Foundation Scotland, EDF-ER or any companies in its group into disrepute.

  • Anti-renewable energy or anti-wind farm activities including promoting or sponsoring any objection or representation to the operation of the wind farm, national or local policy in connection with renewable energy or any other renewable energy proposal, and/or

  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before the Panel considers the application.

Timescales

Application closing dates 2020

Panel Decision Date 2020

Panel decision date 2020

3rd March 

5th May

Late May

25th August

27th October

Early November 

How to Apply

Please read the fund factsheet before completing the online application form or downloading the application form and returning.

Grants

Latest Grants

Menstrie Community Council    

  • To contribute to the cost of local events including VE day celebrations held over the year.
  • Amount Awarded:          £3,000.00

Menstrie Community Council (Microgrant)         

  • To provide a micro grant scheme to the local community.             
  • Amount Awarded:          £1,500.00

Menstrie Community Council    

  • To support development, maintenance and implementation of activity linked to Christmas light festivities in Dec 2020  
  • Amount Awarded:          £2,500.00

Alva Community Council (Microgrant)   

  • To provide a micro grant scheme to the local community.             
  • Amount Awarded:          £1,500.00

Alva Community Council            

  • To support development, maintenance and implementation of activity linked to Christmas light festivities in Dec 2020. 
  • Amount Awarded:          £2,500.00

Alva Community Council            

  • To contribute to the cost of community events including VE day celebrations held over the year.
  • Amount Awarded:          £3,000.00

Menstrie Community Action Group Ltd 

  • Replace one boiler within the Dumyat Community Centre as part of the larger project to replace the full heating system.             
  • Amount Awarded:          £5,000.00

Menstrie Community Council (Tables & Gazebos)            

  • To fund purchase of folding tables and gazebos to replace old.             
  • Amount Awarded:          £1,832.97

Tillicoultry Allotment Association           

  • To fund purchase of battery powered tools and a shed. 
  • Amount Awarded:          £1,263.72

Alva Community Council            

  • To provide 5 benches along the cycle path to the south of Alva.             
  • Amount Awarded:          £4,625.00

Alva Development Trust

  • To fund a Defibrillator & Cabinet to be located on the outside of the Cochrane Hall where it will be connected to an electricity supply and to fund replacement of the kitchen floor.             
  • Amount Awarded:          £2,000.00

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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