Minnygap Community Fund

Background

This charitable fund is provided by Minnygap Energy Ltd, owner of the Minnygap Wind Farm, and the Johnstonebridge Community Centre & Development Trust. The Fund supports community projects benefitting residents of Johnstone, Templand and Kirkpatrick Juxta, geographically defined by community council boundaries.

An Advisory Panel of local community councillors and other individuals with local knowledge and interests decides on awards from the Fund.

The annual index linked fund is a minimum of £50,000 per year, starting in 2018.

For more information, please read the Fund Factsheet.

Aim

Awards 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.

Applications are expected to address one or more of the following outcomes (or changes for the community):

  • Enhance the quality of life for local residents

  • Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities 

  • Promote community spirit and encourage community activity

  • Support 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

  • Provide a safe and pleasant place to live

  • Help people into work

  • Improve local transport

Making A Difference

As well as demonstrating a fit with at least one of the outcomes above, priority for grants can be given to projects that demonstrate the following additional criteria:

Leverage or match funding: That the applicant is seeking to secure match funding for the project (from local fundraising activity or other sources) and/or can demonstrate what other funding may be secured as a result of implementing this particular project.

Local procurement: That local suppliers of goods and services will be used, where appropriate (e.g., in terms of quality of products / services available) and feasible (in terms of availability and cost). The definition of ‘local’ will vary depending on the goods/services in question. In some cases it could be taken to mean within the Area of Benefit but in others Dumfries and Galloway or the South of Scotland might be most appropriate.

Sustainability: That organisations can demonstrate their intention for the project to become sustainable in the future without the need to rely on grant funding.

Building capacity locally: That the applicant has considered whether the project provides opportunities to build the skills and knowledge of group members or other local people connected with the project. This could be through formal or informal learning activity, e.g. through some form of mentoring activity, peer support or buddying scheme and/or any other learning opportunity that could be created through the project.

Partnership working: Where appropriate, that the applicant has considered whether delivering their project in partnership with other organisations / groups will add value (financial, capability, or other). This could involve working with voluntary, private or public sector bodies that operate at local, regional or national level.

Exclusions

Awards cannot support the following types of activity:

  • The advancement of religion or party politics.

  • Activities understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities.

  • Activities contrary to the interests of Minnygap Energy Limited or its affiliates.

  • Activities likely to bring Foundation Scotland, Johnstonebridge Centre and Community Development Trust, or Minnygap Energy Limited or its affiliates into disrepute. 

  • Anti-renewable energy/wind farm activities.

  • Retrospective funding (i.e. paying for costs incurred before a decision on an application for support from the Fund can be made).

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts.

  • Activities which benefit solely flora or fauna

Timescales

The next application deadlines are:

Application Deadline

For a decision in:

Monday 26th November 2018

January 2019

Tuesday 14th May 2019

July 2019

Tuesday 12th November 2019

January 2020

How to Apply

Please ensure you read the Fund Factsheet before applying.

For grants under £500, please apply by downloading the small grant application form.

For grants of £501-£10,000, pleasy apply online or by downloading the standard grant application form.

We welcome pre-application enquiries. For more information about the fund, contact Foundation Scotland on 01557 814927 or email office@foundationscotland.org.uk

 

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