Ventient Energy Glenkerie

Community Fund

Background

This Fund is provided by Ventient Energy, the owner of the Glenkerie Wind Farm. The fund will benefit charities and community groups within 15km of the wind farm, including those in the Upper Tweed and Tweedsmuir Community Council area and parts of Biggar, Symington, Stobo, Skirling, Roberton and Lamington. For a map of the area of benefit please click here.

The fund was opened in 2014. An annual amount of at least £57,200 per year, rising in line with inflation, will be paid into the fund for the operating life of the wind farm which is expected to be 25 years.

Decisions on grant awards are made by the Ventient Energy Glenkerie Community Fund Panel, whose membership is drawn from the Upper Tweed Community Council, the new Tweedsmuir Community Council and wider community.

The Ventient Energy Glenkerie Community Fund Panel commissioned Foundation Scotland and Scotland’s Rural University College (SRUC) to produce a socio-economic profile of the Fund Area. The profile will be used to inform decision making on awards and overall Fund strategy. You can download the profile here.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people within the 15km radius of the wind farm 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.

 

Making A Difference

The overall aims of the fund are to support activity which will sustain and develop the life of the community and ensure that the area is an attractive and vibrant place to live, work and visit. To achieve this the Fund will support activity that will lead to the following outcomes:

• Adequate access to services for all community members

• Improved local transport

• Opportunities to grow the local economy

• Developed or maintained community assets.

Timescales

Application Deadlines 2019                              Decision 
Friday 18th January 2019                                    March 2019
Monday 15th April 2019                                      June 2019
Friday 12th July 2019                                          September 2019
Tuesday 1st October 2019                                  November 2019

 

How to Apply

For small grants £250-£2000 please apply online or download an application form.
For medium grants £2000-£10,000  please apply online or download  an application form.
For large grants of over £10,000 please download the large grant enquiry form. Large grant applications are a two-stage process.

Download the Fund Factsheet for more information before applying.

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

For further advice or information on the Fund, or to discuss your application, please contact the Programme Administrator on 01557 814 927 or office@foundationscotland.org.uk

Grants

Latest Grants

1st Biggar/Tinto Scout Group

  • To contribute to the costs of a trip to Japan for 14 explorer scouts and 4 leaders in July 2019.
  • Amount awarded: £4,500

1st Castlecraig Brownies

  • To purchase new hoodies and neckers for the Brownies group.
  • Amount awarded: £555

Biggar Rugby Football Club

  • To implement the club's communication plan and employ a communication co-ordinator for one year.
  • Amount awarded: £8,244

Stobo Hall Committee

  • To upgrade the toilets and kitchen and provide disabled access and baby changing facilities.
  • Amount awarded: £25,000

Biggar Babies Toddlers and Playgroup

  • To upgrade equipment and improve use of the outdoor space.
  • Amount awarded: £740

Biggar Corn Exchange

  • To contribute to the running costs of Biggar Corn Exchange for one year.
  • Amount awarded: £9,500

Broughton Primary School Parent Council

  • To fund the development of a technology suite for use by both the school and the wider community.
  • Amount awarded: £6,500

Drumelzier Hall

  • To improve and resurface the sloping approach path to the hall.
  • Amount awarded: £1,416

Biggar Museum Trust

  • To install photo voltaic panels on the roof of the building and to insulate the external stores.
  • Amount Awarded £9,555 

Biggar Rugby Football Club

  • To improve hot water and heating systems through the purchase and installation of immersion heaters, an air source heat pump and electric showers
  • Amount Awarded £9,950 

Lamington Committee of Biggar Museum Trust

  • To repair and restore the Vestry Area
  • Amount Awarded £9,600

Tweedsmuir Community Council

  • To commission architectural plans and cover costs of permits, consents and planning application fees.
  • Amount Awarded £10,000 

Biggar After School Care Club

  • To increase staff, pay for staff training, cover the costs of sessional workers and purchase equipment and materials.
  • Amount Awarded £5,382

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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