Supporting communities

To support communities near our wind farms, each of our sites has a dedicated community fund to spend on improvements in the local area during its development and over the lifetime of its operation.

Putting any kind of value on the total sum of the human, social, environmental, cultural or built capital these community benefit funds can unlock is impossible; but it’s clear that these funds are playing a critical role in building some very strong and capable communities in Scotland.
Rachel Searle, Head of Communities at Foundation Scotland

 

  • £1.3 million invested annually in local communities

  • £350,000 of community investment through Foundation Scotland

  • 2 education and training funds

 

What are community funds?

A community fund is an annual payment we give to the community surrounding a wind farm to invest in local initiatives or people. A wind farm can sometimes impact on those living nearby, so the fund provides a way of giving something back to support the local community.

These might be small-scale, one-off investments (e.g. a school gardening project) or larger renovation projects (e.g. repairing a war memorial). Find out what projects have received funding in our community fund case studies. 

The funds allocated are proportionate to the size of a wind farm and how much electricity the wind farm produces.

Community funds are managed by an external body – such as Foundation Scotland, which looks after several of our community funds in Scotland – but delivered in partnership with local communities. Local people are able to advise on the fund strategy and spend, so they can prioritise issues that are important to the local area. Find out who manages your community fund below.

[Community funds] can build a sense of agency and possibility for both individuals and communities. We’re seeing individuals gain qualifications and greater self-esteem and communities develop assets, services and capacity.
Rachel Searle, Head of Communities at Foundation Scotland 

Find a community fund near you

Search the list to see if there’s a community fund near you and who it’s managed by.

Case studies

Our community funds have supported a huge variety of local projects over the years.

Barmoor

£60,000 invested in the community fund each year. Improvements include new lighting for Branxton Village Hall and a defibrillator for Bowsden.

Glass Moor

£10,000 invested in the community fund each year. Improvements include energy-efficient Christmas lights for the town and a children's wildlife education garden.

Burnfoot Hill

£89,000 annual investment in the community – including £5,000 a year dedicated to the Ochils Mountain Rescue team until 2039. £10,000 has also been donated to buy and fit out a new Land Rover.

Bicker Fen

£18,000 invested in the community fund each year. Improvements made to the local area include an information lectern about the village’s history, a bird hide and wildlife project, and a replacement fence for the village hall.

Broomhill

£4,000 invested in the community fund each year. New strips and tracksuits provided for Willington Youth Blues Under-11s football team.

Fallago Rig

£240,000 invested in the Fallago Environment Fund each year, for projects like these mountain biking tracks in the community of Kelso.

Fallago Rig

£240,000 invested in the community fund each year, for initiatives such as the creation of a bronze memorial to remember a fishing disaster off the Eyemouth coast in 1881. 44 local projects have been delivered so far to support village halls, museums, schools, archaeology, tree planting, footpaths, and more.

Beck Burn

£155,250 invested in the community fund each year. Investments include a project to clean up the local riverbanks, new facilities for the village halls, and a three-year barnacle geese tagging programme with the local Wildlife and Wetland Trust. This project will provide important insight into goose ecology, migratory paths, habitat use and how the birds have responded to the operation of the wind farm.

Teeside

£80,000 invested in the community fund each year. Projects supported include a carbon neutral heating system for an outdoor training centre, a ‘Festival of Thrift’ and a new watchtower for Coastwatch Redcar.