Ventient Energy Galawhistle

Community Fund


The Ventient Energy Galawhistle Community Fund benefits those living within the areas covered by Douglas (incorporating Glespin and surrounding areas) and Coalburn Community Councils. The Fund is provided by Ventient Energy, who operate the Galawhistle Wind Farm, and is administered by Foundation Scotland.

The Fund was opened in 2017. An annual amount of £120,000, rising in line with inflation, will be paid into the Fund for the operating life of the wind farm.

A Community Panel, made up of people who live, work or volunteer in the area of benefit decide how grants are awarded from the Fund.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people living in the Douglas (incorporating Glespin and surrounding areas) and Coalburn areas can apply to the Fund. Your group must have a constitution (a governing document or set of rules) and be set up on a not-for-profit basis. It does not need to be a registered charity to apply.

For more information read the fund factsheet.

Making A Difference

The fund provides grants of between £500 and £20,000 to support charitable activities that:

  • Help people into work

  • Improve local transport

  • Improve quality of life, health and well-being

  • Build capacity for local groups and individuals

  • Building sustainable community assets, including capital assets (like land and buildings), community enterprises, local exchange systems, people’s skills and abilities, culture and the local environment.

A wide range of costs and activities will be considered for funding e.g. equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities.

The Panel will welcome applications for projects that benefit those living in Douglas, Glespin or Coalburn, or any combination of those communities.

Awards over £20,000 will be considered in exceptional circumstances, should they provide a genuine wider and significant community benefit. Grants requests may be multi-year in nature, usually for no more than three years.  A multi-year request totalling more than £20,000 will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances. 


Application Deadline

Panel Meeting

7th March 2019

25th April 2019

12th September 2019

7th November 2019

How to Apply

Please complete the online application or download an application form and fund factsheet. Completed application forms and supporting documentation must be received by the application deadlines.



Latest Grants

Douglas Victoria Bowling Club

  • To refurbish the men's and women's toilets in the Bowling Club.
  • Amount Awarded £15,000

Douglasdale Folk Festival Association

  • To contribute to the costs of putting on a three-day folk music festival.
  • Amount Awarded £1,920

Coalburn Homing Club

  • To repair the roof and gutters of the Clubhouse.
  • Amount Awarded £1,620

Douglas Gala Day Committee

  • To purchase and hire equipment in order to run the Gala for the next three years.
  • Amount Awarded £10,849.80

Lodge Newlands No.949 Masonic Lodge

  • To contribute to the costs of improving the building to ensure it better serves the local groups that regularly use it.
  • Amount Awarded £2,450

7th Lanarkshire (1st Douglas) Scout Group

  • To contribute to the costs of kilts, hoodies, cooking equipment and a mess tent to allow 1st Douglas Scouts to take part in the Haarlem Jamborette in July 2019.
  • Amount Awarded £2,308

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society

  • To contribute to the cost of repairing the Roof of Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society & CMW Bowling Club.
  • Amount Awarded £7,711

Coalburn Silver Band

  • To contribute towards the costs of a conductors' mentoring programme and a new baritone.
  • Amount Awarded £5,690

Healthy Valleys

  • To set up and run a telephone befriending and home visiting service for older people in Douglas, Coalburn and Glespin, including staff and volunteer costs.
  • Amount Awarded £19,330
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