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. 

This case study on Dunnet Forestry Trust  demonstrates  how the fund is making a difference to the community.

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

Auckengill and Nybster Common Grazings COmmittee

  • To create an access road to the Auckengill and Nybster commen grazings that will enable all ability acces in all weathers.
  • Amount Awarded; £2,000.

ADHD Caithness

  • To enable a group member to atend the Disability Snowsport UK activity wweek in Austria.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,050

Assynt Mountain Rescue

  • To contribute to the purchase and outfitting of a new 4x4 MRT-capable ambulance to be based in Thurso
  • Amount Awarded; £1,000

Canisbay School Parent Council

  • To fund a number of outdoor imporvements to the shool grounds.
  • Amount Awarded; £12,686

Gills Harbour Limited

  • To purchase and install five solar powered LED lights.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,000

Freswick Hall Committee

  • To refurbish the hall kitchen
  • Amount Awarded; £6,000

John O' Groats Football Club

  • To contribute to the cost of carrying out a number of improvements ot the pitch.
  • Amount Awarded; £24,935

John O' Groats Development Trust

  • To contribute to the cost of the John O' Groats Book Festival
  • Amount Awarded; £3,380

John O' Groats Development Trust

  • To provide a community broadband scheme
  • Amount Awarded; £25,000

John O' Groats Development Trust

  • To employ a part-time Project Officer
  • Amount Awarded; £11,727.50

Keiss Family Community Project

  • To contribute to the cost of refurbishing the playpark in Robertson Cresent.
  • Amount Awarded; £10,000

Wick Squash Club

  • To contribute to hte refurbishment of the clubhouse roof and exterior wal cladding
  • Amount Awarded; £5,000

Canisbay School Parent Council

  • To contibute to the cost of the Primary 7 school trip for children resident in the Dunnet & Canibsay area.
  • Amount Awarded; £900

Castletown Parent Council

  • To contibute to the cost of the Primary 7 school trip for children resident in the Dunnet & Canibsay area.
  • Amount Awarded; £900

Keiss School Council

  • To contibute to the cost of the Primary 7 school trip for children resident in the Dunnet & Canibsay area.
  • Amount Awarded; £100

Crossroads Primary School parent Forum

  • To contibute to the cost of the  school trip to Orkney for children resident in the Dunnet & Canibsay area.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,400
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