Langhope Rig

Community Fund

Background

The Langhope Rig Community Fund supports groups and organisations delivering projects and services within the geographic areas served by the community councils of Ettrick & Yarrow, Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk & Midlem, Upper Teviotdale and Borthwick Water, Hawick & District and Denholm. 

The Fund is provided by Langhope Rig Wind Farm Ltd and is a minimum of  £80,000 per year. 

The Fund comprises two sub-funds.

Sub-fund A supports groups and organisations delivering projects and services within the geographic areas served by the community councils of Ettrick & Yarrow, Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk & Midlem, Upper Teviotdale and Borthwick Water.

The sub-fund operates as a single, joint fund across the three community council areas and an Advisory Panel of local people, including Community Councillors, decide on awards.

Sub-fund B includes the above three community council areas but additionally Hawick & District  and Denholm & District. Each of the five community councils is responsible for fund distribuiton locally within their own communtiy council area. Please contact the various community councils for further information. 

Aim

The Fund seeks to:

  • Encourage community activity and promote community spirit;

  • Ensure adequate access to services for all community members;

  • Improve local transport infrastructure;

  • Build the local economy;

  • Build community capacity and cohesion between groups; and/or

  • Develop or maintain community assets.

Making A Difference

Grant requests can support a wide range of costs and activities including equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc. For revenue projects, there is no guarantee of ongoing support. We encourage groups to be working towards being self-sustaining where possible.

Applicants are encouraged to secure other sources of grant funding and/or demonstrate reasonable efforts to contribute some money through local fundraising activity. However there is not an absolute requirement to secure match funding and we understand that this may not always be feasible.

Exclusions

The Fund will not support the following:

  • Projects which do not primarily benefit people living within the community areas listed above.

  • Individuals or groups without a constitution.

  • The advancement of religion or politics.

  • Trips abroad.

  • General fundraising appeals or activities or organisations that only provide national benefits.

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts.

  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before we have made a decision on an application (retrospective funding).

  • Payments towards areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities, including schools, i.e. projects that take place in school, during school hours and/or only for the benefit of the pupils will not be considered. PTAs/Parent Councils can apply if appropriately constituted but must evidence the project has genuine wider community benefit.

  • Anti-wind farm/renewable energy activities, including activities contrary to the interests of the wind farm owner and its subsidiaries.

Timescales

 

Closing Date for Applications

Panel Decision Date

Friday 11th January 2019

February 2019

Friday 14th June 2019

August 2019

 

For further advice or information on the Fund or to discuss your application, please contact the Programme Administrator on 01557 814927 or email office@foundationscotland.org.uk

How to Apply

Please read the Fund Factsheet before applying. Then either complete an online application or alternatively download the application form and return.

Grants

Latest Grants

Borders Youth Theatre

  • To support a series of intergenerational projects linking senior pupils at three local primary schools with older residents in the area leading to a community performance.
  • Amount Awarded: £6,800

Teviothead Hall

  • To install a new heating and hot water system, re-wire hall and upgrade kitchen.
  • Amount Awarded: £10,000 

Yarrowford Hall Association

  • To repair the hall's car park, including cutting back hedges, excavating material, laying a membrane and applying new gravel.
  • Amount Awarded: £1,466

Boston Memorial Hall

  • To complete redecoration of the main hall, porch, toilets and kitchen following flooding in 2015.
  • Amount Awarded: £3,684

Ashkirk Village Hall

  • To purchase a notice board, dishwasher and cooker for the village hall.
  • Amount Awarded: £5,485

Midlem Village Hall Committee

  • To fund the extension of the playpark and install a basket swing.
  • Amount Awarded: £3,500

Southern Uplands Partnership

  • To support the management costs associated with procurement process element of the Borders Broadband Scheme.
  • Amount Awarded: £20,000 

Currie Memorial Hall

  • To construct a pathway to the hall to improve pedestrian and vehicular access, relocate community recycling facilities and create a new notice space.
  • Amount Awarded: £4,341

Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company

  • To repair and renew sections of the boardwalk within the Ettrick Marshes.
  • Amount Awarded: £10,000
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