Stroupster Community Fund

Background

The owner of Stroupster Wind Farm, Greencoat UK wind, is contributing £149,500 per annum (index linked) for the operational lifetime of the wind farm to this community fund. The Fund will principally benefit the residents of the Dunnet & Canisbay Community Council area (the Fund area) and aims to support a wide range of projects. Approximately 20% of the Fund is available for projects or services located outside that area, provided there is also clear and evidenced benefit to residents within Dunnet & Canisbay.

The Fund supports a broad range of community activity and development by primarily supporting the charitable activities of constituted, not-for-profit groups working to benefit residents within the Fund area. A Community Panel, made up of people who live in the Dunnet & Canisbay community council area, decides how grants are awarded from the Fund.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the area may 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.

Community Planning

During 2015, an independent consultant was commissioned, with funding from Local Energy Scotland, to produce a Community Profile and Plan which can be downloaded here.

This work has helped the Panel understand what the community considers to be the local priorities for investment and what it wanted to see the Stroupster Fund achieve. The key findings form this exercise have the Fund outcomes, as set out below.

Read the Fund Factsheet

Making A Difference

The Fund provides grants to support charitable activities that will help achieve the following outcomes: 

1. Improving or giving better access to communications and transport
2. Improving our community assets and facilities for local people and visitors
3. Providing opportunities for young people
4. Providing support and opportunities for older people
5. Promoting enterprise and tourism
6. Improving our natural environment and access to it
7. Improving or giving better access to culture and heritage.

The outcomes provide focus for the Panel in its decision making and in judging the overall impact achieved by the Funds on a regular basis. 

The following case studies demonstrates how the fund is making a difference to the community.

Dunnet Forestry Trust 

Brough Bay Association.

John O'Groats Development Trust

Caithness CAB

Timescales

The fund deadlines each year are

30 April and 31 October.

It takes around eight weeks to process applications so please ensure that your project fits with the timescales.

How to Apply

Grants of up to £25,000 are available.Transformational projects would be considered above £25,000 and groups should get in touch to discuss this before making an application. 

Please read the fund factsheet  prior to completing the online application form  or downloading the application form.

If you have any questions please contact Eilidh Gunn on 07801 530 218 or eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk 

Grants

Latest Grants

RBLS Wick, Canisbay and Latheron Branch

  • To contribute to the cost of crowd control barriers, tables and a storage unit to be used for the staging of the annual Mey Highland and Cultural Games.
  • Amount Awarded; £5,929.18

St Fergus Bowling Club

  • To contribute to the cost of replacing the club's floodlighting system.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,000

Lyth Arts Centre

  • To contribute towards an outdoor light installation and a family friendly Christmas Theater show in 2018.
  • Amount Awarded; £8,200

John O'Groats Mill Trust

  • To contribute to the feasibility stage of works in order to redevelop the John O'Groats Mill into a community asset and community space.
  • Amount Awarded; £3,000

1st Thurso Rangers

  • To contribute to the cost of an educational trip to the Girlguiding World Centre in Mexico in October 2018.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,500
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