***CHANGES TO APPLICATION PROCESS AND CRITERIA***
Now that the Fund has been in operation for over a year, a review of processes and criteria has been carried out. The following changes have now been confirmed;
– There is no longer a 2-stage application process. One application form is now submitted but all required supporting documentation must be submitted with it and by the deadline. A checklist is provided on the last page of the application to help ensure all relevant information is submitted. Draft applications are welcomed in advance of the deadline date.
– Applications of over £1000 are submitted to the Assessment Panel. Previously this limit was £300.
– The upper limit of £10,000 per application has been removed
– The 20% maximum intervention rate for community organisations / charities has been removed. It remains at 50% of total project costs for existing businesses and business start – ups.
The Outcome for employment, training and skills development has been amended to;
- “Provide opportunity for employment, training or skills development that will have a long term benefit to the community in terms of education, training, enterprise, high value experiences, employment opportunities, service delivery or retention of traditional industries.”
A new outcome has been added;
- “Support social wellbeing within the community through activities that promote healthy living, social cohesion and the sustainability of local amenities and traditions.
The Sealladh na Beinne Mòire Community Fund which has been established from the income generated by Lochcarnan Community Windfarm, opened for enquiries and applications on 7th April, 2015.
To date (October 2016), £165,700 has been approved for local community organisations, charities and businesses.
The next approval date for SnBM Community Fund applications is Friday 2nd December 2016. The deadline for submission of completed applications for this round is Friday 4th November therefore any applicants wishing to apply for the December round should have enquiries / applications submitted asap.
The dates for 2017 are;
Friday 3rd February (Submission to be received by Friday 6th January)
Friday 7th April (Submission to be received by Friday 10th March)
Applicants wishing to apply to the next round or to any future rounds are asked to contact Deirdre Steele, Funds Officer for information on submitting an application.
Applications for support of up to £1000 can be submitted at any time.
Background to the Fund
After community consultation, it was concluded the windfarm income would be split across the various departments of the community company with 25 % for Land & Asset Improvements, 25% for Enterprise & Community Investment, 20% towards turbine replacement fund, 10% for Investment fund for the future and 20% for Grants to Other Organisations i.e. the Community Fund. As the total income generated is dependent on many factors such as strength and consistency of wind as well as repayments on windfarm finance, the total amount available in the fund will vary and will not be confirmed until drawdown is released from the Cooperative Bank – usually in November and May each year. This first round of applications will be our pilot round and the process may be liable to change as we progress with the fund application process.
Applications for funding up to £1000 will be assessed by the Fund Officer. Applications for over £1000 will be assessed by the Assessment Panel.
Applications will be accepted throughout the year and decisions will be taken at Assessment Panel meetings which will take place every second month i.e. for 2017 – February, April, June, etc. The deadline for completed applications to be submitted is 4 weeks prior to the Assessment Panel meeting.
- Generate a sustainable local economic impact i.e. income generation
- Provide opportunity for employment, training or skills development that will have a long term benefit to the community in terms of education, training, enterprise, high value experiences, employment opportunities, service delivery or retention of traditional industries.
- Support social wellbeing within the community, through activities that promote healthy living, social cohesion and the sustainability of local amenities and traditions.
- Support the sustainable development of land management practices from within the Estate area, such as improved access to hill ground, township development schemes.
- Enhance the cultural heritage of the South Uist Estate, through the improvement of local information, improved opportunities or in developing skills, thereby delivering preservation benefit, or expanding the economic or social return.
- Develop the natural heritage of the South Uist Estate, through the improvement of local information, improved access or in developing skills, thereby delivering conservation benefit, or expanding the economic or social return.
- Develop the visitor experience of South Uist in a way that will deliver increased visitor numbers, average spend or community benefit. This extends to local visitors as well as those from out with the Outer Hebrides.
Funding up to £1000
This fund will support community groups / organisations / for small one-off projects or activities such as local events, group trip travel expenses, learning journeys, equipment purchase, training, set-up costs etc. Up to 100% of costs may be available. These funds can be paid in advance of the project / activity to assist with cash flow. We will require to see evidence of spend once the project / activity is complete i.e. invoices and receipts.
Funding over £1000
This fund will provide support for larger projects and is intended to be ‘final brick in the wall’ funding to help finalise a funding package. We want to ensure as much funding as possible is levered in to our community from relevant funding sources. We will not fund towards projects where other funding streams would be more suitable. It must be demonstrated that all other potential funding streams have been exhausted. If no other funding partners have been identified to progress a project, this fund may support up to 100% of total project costs.
These projects will have clear evidence for demand, clear outcomes for community benefit and have all legal requirements and planning permissions etc in place or in progress.
Funds can be paid in advance of the project start date to assist with cash flow.
Applications for over £1000 are approved on the 1st Friday of every second month. Applications for up to £1000 are assessed on an ongoing basis. The approvals so far are;
|£8,706.00||Lews Castle College||Study Destination Uist (promotional video to attract more students to music course / production of CD by college alumni, sales of which will support future promotion. No college budget for marketing)|
|£12,800.00||Urras Eachdraidh Uibhist a’ Deas (Kildonan Musuem)||Information & Display equipment|
|£7,000||Isle Drive||Business Start Up|
|£1,000||North Uist Amateur Athletic Club||Attendance at competition at Emirates Arena|
|£3,400||Salar Hebridean Smokehouse||Process efficiency & Food Safety Management – Purchase of Blast Chill|
|£20,000||Neil Campbell Electrical Contractors Ltd||Acquisition, continuation and enhancement of a well-established hardware store|
|£16,975||Trix Pix||Establishment of Film Studio & Marketing Campaign|
|£11,600||Lochboisdale Marine Services||Business Start Up|
|£1,000||Sgoil Dhalabroig||Annual £500 Donation (2015 & 16)|
|£1,000||Sgoil an Iochdair||Annual £500 Donation (2015 & 16)|
|£1,000||Balivanich School||Annual £500 Donation (2015 & 16)|
|£1000||Lorna Laird School of Irish Dance||Attendance at Championship|
|£300||Benbecula FC||Purchase of Training Equipment|
|£300||Southend Football and Community Club||Football Coaching Workshops with Ross County FC|
|£1,000||Taigh Chearsabhagh||Digital Media Workshops at EDF|
|£300||Uist Pipe Band||Attendance at Ness Gala|
|£300||An Comunn Phiobaireachd Uibhist & Barraigh||Support to Highlands & Islands Young Piper of the Competition|
|£250||Dochas Dancers||Attendance at Hebridean Celtic Festival|
|£2,400||Smerclate Township Committee||Drainage of Kilbride Park|
|£300||Urras Eachdraigh Uibhist a’ Deas||Birlinn Chlann Raghnaill – Gaelic Poetry with Music Evening|
|£1000||Becca’s Childminding||Business Start Up|
|£300||Stoneybridge Hall||Towards Kitchen Upgrade – Purchase of Cooker|
|£1,000||Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust||Video production and workshops for Eilean Dorcha Festival|
|£250||Dochas Highland Dancers||Attendance at Hebridean Celtic Festival|
|£300||Benbecula FC||Training equipment|
|£300||An Comunn Phìobaireachd Uibhist & Barraidh||Young Piper of the Year competition costs|
|£300||Urras Eachdraidh Uibhist a Deas||Birlinn Chlann Raghnaill Gaelic Poetry & Music evening|
|£300||Southend Football & Community Club||Delivery of football coaching sessions with Ross County FC|
|£6,715||North Boisdale Township||Machair Access Track Repairs|
|£1,000||Uist & Barra Junior Football Club||Attendance at Dublin Cup Tournament, Ireland|
|£1,000||Artist’s Collective `So Much Depends Upon‘||Residency Exchange|
|£300||Daliburgh Post Office||Purchase of fridge to stock MacLeans‘ Bakery meats|
|£5,000||TrixPix Ltd||Purchase of Digital Media Equipment|
|£3,040||Church of Scotland, South Uist Parish||Initial Buildings Survey|
|£300||Eriskay FC||Purchase Training Equipment|
|£300||South Uist & Eriskay Amateur Athletics Club||Attendance at Western Isles Track & Field Championships|
|£10,390||Eilean Dorcha Festival||Securing Deposits|
|£10,000||Grimsay Community Association||Ceann na h-Airigh: The Living Stream (Renovation of old church to community hub)|
|£1,000||Askernish Golf Club||Purchase of Rodenator|
|£300||Iochdar Saints FC||Purchase of Training Equipment|
|£300||Comann Spòrs a Chinn a Deas||Assistance towards purchase of new cardio equipment|
|October 2015 – no approvals|
|£10,000||MacAulay Askernish Ltd||Hillside Filling Station|
|£600||Sgoil Lionacelit Pipe Band||SLPB Competition Entries August 2015|
|£300||Ealain Tir a‘ Mhurain||Feis Tir a’ Mhurain|
|£10,000||Salar Hebridean Smokehouse Ltd||Business Start-up|
|£10,000||Lochboisdale cafe||Extension to Café|
|£10,000||Urras Eachdraidh Uibhist a‘ Deas||Eachdraidh Easgaidh – Building on our Active Heritage (Kildonan Museum)|
|£10,000||Cothrom Re-store||ReStore Renewables|
|£2,000||Uist Radio Ltd||An Reidio (Researcher / programme co-ordinator)|
|£850||Iochdar Junior Youth Club||Winter Activities|
|£300||Daliburgh JogScotland||Daliburgh JogScotland Annual 10k|
|£300||Iochdar Community Association||Talla an Iochdair Development Project (Catering Equipment)|
|£250||Daliburgh School||Room 6 visit to Loch Druidibeg (Learning experience with RSPB)|