Ventient Energy Glenkerie

Community Fund


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.


The next application deadlines are:

Application Deadline


1st October 2019

December 2019

29th January 2020

March 2020

27th April 2020

June 2020

10th July 2020

September 2020

2nd October 2020

December 2020



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


Latest Grants

Tweedsmuir Hall Committee

  • To fund the connection to mains water supply for Tweedsmuir Hall.
  • Amount awarded: £9,966

Skirling Village Hall

  • To contribute to the completion of the improvement and modernisation of the hall through the upgrading of its lighting system.
  • Amount awarded: £3,414


Tweedsmuir Community Council

  • To contribute to the cost of providing superfast fibre broadband to all properties within the Tweedsmuir Community Council area.
  • Amount awarded: £69,000

Biggar & District Civic Socity

  • To contribute to the costs of replacing four notice boards, three maps and to refurbish 15 other non-statutory signposts in Biggar.
  • Amount awarded: £9,140

Upper Tweed Community Enterprise Company Ltd

  • To contribute to the purchase and establishment of a community shop in Broughton.
  • Amount Awarded: £10,000

Biggar Youth Project

  • To pay for staff costs for a part-time youth worker for the Biggar Bytes project for one year.
  • Amount awarded: £4,317

Biggar Science Festival

  • To fund schools activities linked to the Biggar Science Festival to include a science day for P6 pupils including a show and workshops, a trip for S3 chemistry pupils to Wanlockhead Museum and a STEM Ambassadors activity day for S1 or S2 pupils at Biggar High School.
  • Amount awarded: £1,382

Biggar Rugby Football Club

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

Biggar Albion Foundation Ltd

  • To purchase an engraving machine to create signs for the museum.
  • Amount Awarded: £2,000

Biggar Corn Exchange Ltd

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

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

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

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

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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