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 date Panel decision date
Monday 23rd April early June
Monday 8th October mid 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

Macrobert Arts Centre

  • To subsidise the cost of distributing free tickets to the Christmas pantomime to a number of local children and families.
  • Amount awarded: £885

Ochil Youths Community Improvement CIC

  • To fund the development of a series of community pop up events and workshops for young people, including coaching/mentoring of the young people, sessional staff, materials and venue hire.
  • Amount awarded: £4,893

Home-Start Clackmannanshire

  • To contribute to the cost of a second Assistant Group Work post over a year.
  • Amount awarded: £2,500

Dollar Twinning

  • To contribute to the cost of a ceilidh which will be held on the final night of the visit from La Ville aux Dames.
  • Amount awarded: £1,000

Menstrie Community Council

  • To purchase a chainsaw and two pruners for use in maintaining Menstrie Woodland.
  • Amount awarded: £2,430

Alva Glen Heritage Trust

  • To purchase and install a storage container for the group's equipment.
  • Amount awarded: £4,242

Strathdevon Primary Parent Council

  • To purchase materials and games to improve the infant playground.
  • Amount awarded: £5,000

Alva Development Trust

  • To contribute to staff wages to run the Cochrane Hall.
  • Amount awarded: £5,000

Dollar Community Council

  • To contribute to the purchase of hanging baskets and planters.
  • Amount awarded: £3,692

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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