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 operates three deadlines each year:

15th March, 15th July and 15th November 

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

Science 03

  • To fund a series of science shows and workshops in Crossroads and Canisbay Primary Schools during the Caithness International Science Festival 2019.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,800

Caithness Book Club

  • To erect signposts at local sites associated with various Celtic saints.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,200

Caithness Voluntary Group

  • To continue to deliver a Befriending and support service over the next year to the Caithness community for 40-60 year olds who are suffering loneliness and social isolation.
  • Amount Awarded; £3,900

John O'Groats Development Trust

  • To contribute to the cost of the second annual John O'Groats Book Festival.
  • Amount Awarded; £2,000

Olrig and District Beekeepers Association

  • To purchase a training kit and beekeeping equipment.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,534.28

Mey Highland Games

  • To purchase marquee inserts.
  • Amount Awarded; £6,000
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