Falck Auchrobert

Community Fund

Background

The Auchrobert Community Fund is funded by Falck Renewables from its Auchrobert wind Farm in South Lanarkshire.  The fund supports projects located within or directly benefiting the area of Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill and Boghead.

The Auchrobert Community Fund income will distribute a minimum of £46,000 annually for the lifetime of the wind farm.

Awards between £500 and £5,000 are available. 

A micro grant scheme, for awards under £500, is also available and administered directly by the Blackwood and  Kirkmuirhill Coordination Group. Applications are by a simple application form and decisions are made on a rolling basis. Please contact the Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Coordination group directly for further details.

Aim

Projects must support those who living within the area of benefit.  Awards can support a wide range of costs and activities including equipment costs for local groups, staff of sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities.

 

Making A Difference

As well as demonstrating a fit with the aims outlined above, applicants are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Match funding: That other possible funding sources for the project have been explored. This might include applicants raising some funds through their own fundraising efforts. The fund should not displace funding that could be obtained from other sources, but should help lever-in additional funds if possible. Additionally it should not reduce community-based groups’ commitment to organising local activities that contribute to a vibrant community calendar and promote community spirit. Ideally, applicants can demonstrate that a percentage of the total project cost will be sourced from other funding sources, including the applicant organisation itself, which might be in a position to contribute to the project cost.

  • Local procurement: That local suppliers will be used for the provision of goods and services, where appropriate (e.g. in terms of quality of products / services available) and feasible (in terms of availability and cost). ‘Local’ will vary depending on the nature and availability of the item/service in question.

  • Care for our environment: That consideration has been given to minimising the environmental impact of projects and reducing the applicant organisation’s ‘carbon footprint’.

  • Local consultation:That the organisation has consulted an appropriate number of the intended beneficiaries of the project and can demonstrate local support for the proposal.

  • Partnership working: That the organisation has considered the benefits of delivering their project in partnership with other organisations. This could involve working with voluntary, private or public sector bodies that operate at local, regional or national level.

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 primary responsibility of statutory authorities;

  • Projects primarily benefiting residents outwith the Area of Benefit (determined by the Community Council boundaries);

  • Activities contrary to the interests of Falck Renewables or Foundation Scotland;

  • Activities likely to bring Falck Renewables or Foundation Scotland into disrepute; 

  • Anti-renewable energy or anti-windfarm activities; 

  • Retrospective funding (i.e. paying for costs incurred before a decision on an application to the fund can be made);

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debt;

  • Costs towards any element of overseas trips.

Timescales

The fund is currently closed.

Grants

Latest Grants

Thornton Road Community Centre Association

  • To purchase 5 iPads and cases and fund hall hire to carry out iPad tutoring for older people free of charge.
  •  Amount awarded: £1,965

1st Lesmahagow Beavers and Cubs

  • To purchase camping equipment and to fund leader training in archery, hill walking, and bushcraft.
  •  Amount awarded: £2,500

York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research Ltd

  • To contribute to further community engagement and schools education work and the post-excavation analysis of artefacts found during the excavation of a prehistoric site at Draffan, Blackwod.
  •  Amount awarded: £5,000
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