Muckhart Village from Seamab

EDF Renewables Burnfoot Hill Community Fund

Information on:

  • the main fund and
  • MCC Microgrants and the MCC Event Fund (Applications close 5th June 2024)

What is the EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Fund? 

The Burnfoot Hill Community Fund is made up of income from the following wind farms: EDF Burnfoot Hill; Burnfoot North; Burnfoot North and Rhodders.

Area of Benefit

The fund is governed by an Advisory Panel which is made up of local people from each of the following communities who advise upon and decide grant awards:

  • Alva; Menstrie; Dollar; Tillicoultry and Coalsnaughton & Devonside and Muckhart.

The Panel meets three times a year.  The local people, from each community, comprises of two representatives from each of the local Community Councils and one representative from the wider community.

Grants are available between £500 and £5000 .

Aims of the Fund

The Burnfoot Hill Wind Farm Community Fund (Clackmannanshire) provides grants to community organisations providing activities that:

  • Enhance quality of life for local residents
  • Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities
  • Promote community spirit and encourage community activity

Grant Levels

  • The minimum level of award you can apply for is £500 and the maximum is £5,000. Grants requests may be multi-year but usually for no more than three years
  • If a group has a viable project and good reason to apply for more than £5,000, they should contact Foundation Scotland in the first instance.

Key Dates and award for 2024

Spring

Advisory Panel Meeting:                           7th May 2024

Autumn

Application Deadline:                               30th July 2024

Advisory Panel Meeting:                          1st October 2024

Other Fund Activity – MCC Microgrants and MCC Event Fund

  • If the grant request is for less than £500, the applicant can apply for a Micro-Grant which is administered by Muckhart Community Council – see details below.
  • The Panel has also agreed to award regular annual grants towards Events and Winter Festive activities which are administered by Muckhart Community Council – see MCC Event Fund information below.
  • Occasionally the Panel may commission an activity where informed by consultation with other stakeholders and they consider there is a particular gap, need or opportunity

What is an MCC Micro-grant?

MCC Micro-Grants are awards of up to £250 to individuals and up to £500 to groups for: “charitable purposes to the general benefit of local residents, including individuals and non-constituted groups” in line with the aims or purposes of the main EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Benefit Fund.

For your information, the annual Micro-Grant award to MCC, for this year, totals £2500, and once this funding has been allocated, any further applications cannot be considered until the next grant award.

The MCC Micro-Grants scheme can impact a wide number of residents, for
example, by supporting:

  •  Those not involved with, or benefiting from, activity run by formal, constituted groups, i.e. small, un-constituted groups providing valuable services or activities (for example, voluntary groups, lunch clubs or friendship groups) which may be ineligible to apply to the main Burnfoot Hill Community Fund
  • Individuals undertaking specialist training (for example, music or athletics) which fosters local talent
  • Individuals or small groups with an idea they wish to ‘test’ or try out
  • Participation (including travel) of community members to represent our community at regional or national events or in activities that are not available locally.

Who can apply for an MCC Micro-Grant and for how much?

The following may apply to MCC for a Micro-Grant:

  • Individual members of the community, resident within the MCC area
  • Informal, non-constituted groups, based within the MCC area
  • Constituted groups, based within the MCC area

Note: non-constituted groups, generally speaking, will be considered a priority for Micro-Grants, as other funds are unlikely to be open to such groups, however, constituted groups are also eligible to apply. Also, the purpose of the Micro-Grant must be charitable in nature.

Awards made by MCC will be no more than £250 to individuals and no more than £500 to groups.

How to Apply

MCC Micro-Grant (up to £500)

MCC Event Fund

What is the MCC Event Fund?

MCC Event Fund are awards of up to £500 to groups for: “charitable purposes to the general benefit of local residents, including individuals and non-constituted groups” in line with the aims or purposes of the main EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Benefit Fund.

How will an MCC Event Fund benefit our community?

The MCC Event Fund should impact as wide a number of residents as possible,
by supporting:

  • Events that bring the community together

Who can apply for a MCC Event Fund for how much?

  • Informal, non-constituted groups, based within the MCC area
  • Constituted groups, based within the MCC area

Awards made by MCC will be no more than £500 to groups.

Grant Conditions

At the application stage you must demonstrate that you have fully planned your
Community Event, for example:

  • you have permission of the land owner,
  • you have or will have adequate insurance,
  • you have carried out risk assessments and will have an appropriate event
    plan in place,
  • If required you will have appropriate licenses in place by the time of the
    event,
  • you have reviewed Clackmannanshire Council’s guidance on running a public
    event Planning a public event (clacks.gov.uk)

How to Apply

Event Fund (up to £500 for a group)

MCC Event Fund Application 2024

MCC Event fund guidance

Please note the following  Micro-Grant  and Event Fund Application Deadlines:

Spring:

  • Spring Application Deadline:  5th June 2024
  • Notification of decision: Before the end of June 2024

Autumn

  •  If any funding remains after the Spring funding round, MCC Microgrants will
    reopen in the Autumn. Date TBC

For further information on all of the Burnfoot Hill Community Fund grants available, please contact ​sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com.