Whiteside Hill

Community Fund


This charitable fund is provided by Arevon Energy, which manages Whiteside Hill Wind Farm, and administered by Foundation Scotland working with the Upper Nithsdale Community Trust. The Fund supports community projects benefitting residents of Kirkconnel & Kelloholm and the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar and District, geographically defined by community council boundaries.

The annual index linked fund is a minimum of £135,000 per year, starting in 2018.


Awards can support a wide range of costs and activities, including charitable, educational, community, environmental, renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable development and general community amenity schemes or projects.

Making A Difference

Within the Upper Nithsdale area, the following have been identified as key priorities:

  • Services and projects which deliver activities that bring economic benefits to Upper Nithsdale for example events, local festivals, arts and galas, employability activities, social enterprises, tourism related projects.

  • Services and projects which deliver activities that demonstrate community benefits and build community capacity in Upper Nithsdale for example community managed services, community run facilities, community safety activities, civic pride and environmental projects, projects that identify community need.

  • Services and projects which demonstrate early intervention and address the needs of disadvantaged groups in Upper Nithsdale for example young people are more actively involved in decision making, our ageing population is active and engaged to influencing services in their own community, projects that promote fairness and respect across communities.

Making A Difference

In addition, the Fund will prioritise support for applications which meet the following additional criteria:

  • Evidence that the project/activity enhances or is additional to normal service provision

  • Can demonstrate community consultation

  • Can clearly evidence within the application that they are actively working in partnership with other organisations


Awards cannot support the following types of activity:

  • The advancement of religion or party politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups)

  • Activities understood to be the primary responsibility of statutory authorities 

  • Projects benefiting primarily residents outwith the Area of Benefit (determined by the Community Council boundaries)

  • Activities contrary to the interests of the Arevon, the Upper Nithsdale Community Trust, Foundation Scotland, or likely to bring any of them into disrepute.

  • Anti-renewable energy or anti-windfarm activities

  • Retrospective funding (i.e. paying for costs incurred before a decision on an application to the fund for support can be made). 

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts.

  • Individuals and groups that are not constituted

  • Groups without a representative membership structure i.e. groups that unduly restrict their membership and/or where the committee or board is not elected by, or otherwise accountable to, a wider group of people.

  • Projects already considered in this financial year. 

  • Applications for fireworks or include Chinese lanterns and/or helium balloons. 

  • Applications for the sole benefit of any private asset where there is no wider community benefit. 

  • Applications which include costs for depreciation. 

  • Prizes or sponsorship money. 

  • Applications requesting funding to support activity/projects which as a result will raise funds to donate to others.



The next application deadlines are:

Application Deadline 

For a decision in:

8 March 2019

May 2019

31 October 2019

January 2020

How to Apply

Please ensure you read the Fund Criteria before downloading an application form.

We welcome pre-application enquiries. For more information about the fund, contact Foundation Scotland on 01557 814927 or email office@foundationscotland.org.uk

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