Ventient Energy Gordonstown Auchterless, Inverkeithny and Fisherford

Community Fund


This Fund is provided by Ventient Energy, the owner of the Gordonstown Wind Farm. The fund will benefit charities and community groups within each of the Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford Community Council and the Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter Community Council areas.

An annual fund of £25,000 per year, index linked, will be available for the operating life of the wind farm which is expected to be 25 years.  For the first five years, the fund was split 80% to Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford and 20% to Fyvie, Rothienorman & Monquhitter.  In April 2019 the two community councils agreed to a revised split for the five years until March 2024.  As Ventient Energy had made some additional funding available, it was agreed that the whole of this additional sum including the arrears, would go to Fyvie, Rothienorman & Monquhitter.  On that basis the split of the overall fund was agreed at 64% to Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford and 36% to Fyvie, Rothienorman & Monquhitter. 

The funds are administered in different ways. The fund for Fyvie and Rothienorman is administered directly by its Community Council. Details are available here.

Decisions on grant awards from the fund for Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford will be administered by the Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford Community Fund Panel, whose membership is drawn from the Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford Community Council and from the wider community.

In 2015 Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford Community Council commissioned Formartine Partnership Ltd to conduct a Planning for Real community engagement exercise in the area, which produced a Community Action Plan. 

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in this Area of Benefit are able to apply to the Foundation for grants from the Fund. Your community group must have a constitution (governing document or set of rules) and be set up on a not-for-profit basis. You do not need to be a registered charity to apply. Your application should demonstrate how it fits in with the objectives of the Community Action Plan developed as a result of the Planning for Real Exercise. 

Applicants should read the Fund Factsheet in order to help them decide if they are able to apply to this Fund.


Making A Difference

The Fund for Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford is a charitable fund and to that end can be used towards:

  • The advancement of education

  • The advancement of citizenship or community development (including rural or urban regeneration and the promotion of civic responsibility, volunteering, the voluntary sector or the effectiveness or efficiency of charities)

  • The advancement of culture or science

  • The advancement of public participation in sport (and other recreational activity)

  • The improvement of access to services or social activities

  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement

  • The promotion of sustainable development, meaning development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, including the promotion of energy efficiency measures and sustainable transport options


Rolling programme.  Applications can be made at any time.  A Panel meeting to decide on the application will be held around 5 to 7 weeks after an application is submitted.

How to Apply

Please read the Fund Factsheet before completing the application form and return to Foundation Scotland, 15 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DL.

A microgrant scheme for awards of up to £500 for individuals and families is run by the Community Council.

If you have any queries contact


Latest Grants

1st Fyvie Brownies

  • To contribute to the purchase of a trailer to transport the group's camping equipment.

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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