The West Kintyre Community Fund is a Scottish Charitable Organisation (SCIO) registered with OSCR (SCO50864) and set up to enable the distribution of Community funds received from windfarms, to community groups or organisations operating within the area of West Kintyre Community Council to undertake projects that meet the public benefit criteria agreed by the SCIO and the donors and which fall within the purposes of:
The development of large new projects within the area
assistance with start-up grants for new small businesses operating within the area of West Kintyre
the advancement of community development and sustainability (including rural regeneration)
the advancement of education
the advancement of arts, heritage, culture, or science
the provision of recreational facilities or the organisation of recreational activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for those persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended
the advancement of environmental protection or improvement
the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship, or another disadvantage
The SCIO shall promote (but not promote exclusively) its activities and operations to people within the area of West Kintyre. These people will be the SCIO’s beneficiaries.
It is intended that all future Community Benefits from windfarms and other sources will be channeled into this fund along with revenues generated by Community Shared Ownership in renewable developments that impact on West Kintyre. The fund is not to be confused with the West KintyreWindfarm Trust, which sits under the auspices of the Argyll and Bute Windfarm & Renewable Trust and distributes funds from existing windfarms.
A resilient and sustainable West Kintyre Community
To use the financial resources provided by community benefits and shared ownership in renewable developments, aswell as other funding sources to help deliver the legacy projects and priorities identified in the West Kintyre Local Community Action Plan.
The structure of the SCIO consists of the CHARITY TRUSTEES who are also the SCIO’s only members and comprise the SCIO’s BOARD. They will hold regular meetings, and control the activities of the SCIO; for example, the board is responsible for monitoring and controlling the financial position of the SCIO.
Margaret Pratt- (West Kintyre Community Council Office Bearer) - Chair
Margaret Soudan – (West Kintyre Community Council Office Bearer) - Treasurer
Linda McCrae – (West Kintyre Community Council)
Zofija Sloan – (West Kintyre Community Council)
Dr Michael O’Donnell – (Member of the Community)
Philip Connor – (Member of the Community)
Chris Wareham – (Member of the Community)
Sally Nicholson – (Member of the Community)
The Charity Trustees wish to support activities that advance the Purposes in an effective way and will endeavor to fund those projects that show the largest public benefit, including.
(a) The engagement, consultation, and production of the Community Action Plan (CAP).
(b) delivery of projects that are part of community agreed CAP
(c) the advancement of further education by the awarding of bursaries to those studying for a first degree, further education college-based course of recognized apprentiship
(d) help with new business start-up grants for those with business plans that demonstrate their ability for sustainability and growth.
(e) other areas that have a priority as agreed by the Charity Trustees' and sponsors’
The Charity Trustees will not normally support:
(a) projects which do not meet the public benefit test as outlined in OSCR’s guidance document on these matters
(b) projects that are to be expected to be undertaken by statutory bodies, such as local Council, Social Work, Police, Schools, and Health Service.
(c) Grants sought retrospectively
The Charity Trustees will occasionally award grants that fall outside the priorities stated in this policy if they aresatisfied that the grant will further the Purposes and is an appropriate use of the Charity's funds. The total annual amount of such grants will never be greater than 5% of the yearly fund revenue.
The West Kintyre Community Fund is now closed for 2022.
Full details and application forms will be posted here when applications open in Spring 2023.