Todhill (Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood)

Wind Farm Fund

Background

The Todhill (Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood) Wind Farm Fund benefits those those living in the community council area of Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood within Falkirk. It is provided by the owner of the Todhill wind farm, Falkirk Todhill Wind Limited and is managed by Foundation Scotland.  A minimum annual amount of £24,000, rising in line with inflation, is to be paid into the Fund for the operating life of the wind farm.

A Community Panel, made up of people who live, work or volunteer in the parish decide how grants are awarded from the Fund. Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the community council area of Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood can 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 but does not need to be a registered charity to apply. However the purpose of the project which you are looking for support with must be charitable. 

 

Aim

The overall purpose of the Todhill (Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood) Wind Farm Fund is to preserve and develop the area of Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood as a great, friendly place to live, supporting activity that improves the look and feel of the area, brings people together and enhances the community for future generations. 

This aim emerged from a comprehensive Community Action Planning  process undertaken in 2015-16. For a summary report click here

 

Making A Difference

The Fund’s priorities are to support charitable activity that:

  • Improves the physical appearance of the community (including the town centre) and makes better use of our public spaces;

  • Develops community services, events and facilities to better meet the diverse needs of local people; 

  • Preserves and enhances the natural environment for the benefit of those who live in the area;

  • Builds the skills, capacity and sustainability of community organisations serving the area.

For this next round the Panel is particularly keen to receive applications from

  • groups that haven’t applied to the Fund before;

  • groups that are providing services or activity that benefits the elderly;

  • groups that are planning projects which will increase provision currently available;

  • groups planning activity that will increase participation in community activity.

 

Making A Difference

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.

Applicants are also required to consider the following cross-cutting issues in an appropriate and proportionate way relative to their project. They may not all be relevant but where they can be integrated into project planning/ activity it is likely that the application will be considered more favourably by the Panel because the impact of the award will be enhanced.

  • Partnership working: Where feasible, the Panel encourages groups to consider how the project can be delivered in conjunction with other organisations / groups and that may add value to the process or end result. This could involve working with voluntary, private or public sector bodies that operate at local, regional or national levels.

  • Building capacity locally: The Panel is keen to support projects that will build the skills and knowledge of group members or other local people connected with the project. This could be formal or informal and through some form of mentoring activity, peer support or buddying scheme and/or any other learning opportunity that could be created through the project.

  • Securing leverage or match funding: The Panel welcomes applications which demonstrate plans to secure match funding for the project (from local fundraising activity or other sources) and/or can evidence that other funding has already been secured.

  • Local procurement: The Panel is committed to maximise the benefit of the Fund to the local community so if projects need to purchase resources, equipment or expertise, the Panel will want to see evidence that the applicant is making an effort look locally and enlist or contract work to local suppliers if it is available and affordable.

  • Reducing our carbon footprint: The Panel wants groups to consider how they will reduce any carbon footprint associated with the project.

  • Timescales: Projects must be completed within a 12 month period. Please note that multi-year grants (grants stretching over a period of years) are currently not available from the Fund. Please ensure that your application is for a project that only commences after decisions on awards are made.

 

Timescales

The fund is currently closed . 

 
 

How to Apply

The fund is currently closed.

 

Grants

Latest Grants

2nd Torwood Scout Group

  • To contribute to the cost of renovating the scout hall.
  • Amount awarded: £3,970

Communities Along the Carron Association

  • To contribute to salary costs to employ a Project Officer and Support and Development Officer to deliver the group's work over a year.
  • Amount awarded: £5,000

PLUS (Forth Valley) Limited

  • To recruit a Project Coordinator for Falkirk who would arrange delivery of Parent/Toddler sessions, Opportunities Plus sessions, and Play PLUS sessions over a 12-month period.
  • Amount awarded: £1,250

Torwood Futsal Club

  • To fund hall hire and insurance, and to purchase equipment including futsal balls, goals, and playing kit.
  • Amount awarded: £3,000

Stenhousemuir Football Club

  • To contribute to pitch hire, marketing, staff/coach costs, first aid and equipment to enable the club to run its "Match Day Masterclass" and “Warriors of the Future” initiative.
  • Amount awarded: £3,000

Larbert Churches Youth Trust

  • To contribute to a football/sports camp during the Easter school holidays 2019.
  • Amount awarded: £525

89th Stenhousemuir Scout Group

  • To replace the front double door and upstairs fire door in the scout hall.
  • Amount awarded: £2,950

Tryst Community Sports Club

  • To fund coaching costs, equipment and promotional materials for the Tryst Youth Zone, which offers secondary school pupils a number of fun activities every Friday evening.
  • Amount awarded: £1,650

Strathcarron Hospice

  • To fund a feasibility study to examine whether there is a demand and need for a local well-being/support cafe for people whose lives are affected by deteriorating health, end of life and bereavement.
  • Amount awarded: £1,000
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