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. 

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

Small Grants between £250-£10,000

Please read the guidelines before applying online or alternatively download the application form and return

Main Grants £10,001 - £25,000

Please read the guidelines before applying online or alternatively download the application form and return

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

Grants

Latest Grants

Brough Bay Association

  • To purchase a pressure washer for cleaning the Brough slipway.
  • Amount Awarded; £4,194

Lyth Arts Centre

  • To purchase a touring lighting/PA system, portable keyboard/amp with stand, and printer. To replace ring-main wall sockets and existing exhibition lighting in the theatre.
  • Amount Awarded; £12,490

Caithness Biodiversity Group

  • To promote and improve access to the Coronation Meadow at Dunnet Bay.
  • Amount Awarded; £2,810.60

Britannia Hall Committee

  • To resurface the car park.
  • Amount Awarded; £4,300

St Clare Hall Committee

  • To replace the hall cooker.
  • Amount Awarded; £500

John O'Groats Development Trust

  • To employ a part-time Project Officer 21 hours per week, who will support the delivery of the John o'Groats Economic and Community Action Plan.
  • Amount Awarded; £11,727.50

UKPro Surf Association Ltd

  • To contribute to the cost of this year's Thurso Super Series surfing festival, 26-29 October 2017.
  • Amount Awarded; £2,850

Scallywags Nursery

  • To create a safe all-weather path in the nursery play area.
  • Amount Awarded; £6,395.60
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