Changes to Valley Renewables Group Grant Schemes
From July 1st VRG are introducing two new grant schemes and making changes to the existing Small Grant Scheme. The new schemes are for small and large community schemes which meet one or more of our Objectives and address challenges and opportunities for our Community. The Small Community scheme is for projects costing up to £5000 and the Large Community scheme as the name indicates is for more major projects. Applications can be considered from individuals, groups, and organisations provided the benefits are for the Carron Valley and District Community as a whole. We are also replacing the existing small grant scheme with a Household Small Grant scheme with awards up to £500 and new rules on what is covered. The existing Children and Young People’s and Student Bursary schemes are unchanged. To avoid disappointment please read carefully the guidelines for the specific scheme before applying.
Valley Renewables is a registered charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee not having share capital. It has been set up to administer community benefit funds arising from wind farm developments in the Carron Valley area. It is an independent body and will be solely responsible for assessing applications and drawing up spending plans. Any disbursement of funds by Valley Renewables must be solely for charitable purposes as defined by the Charities Act 1993 and the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.
VRG will Distribute VRG funds across the community through individual and community group small grants schemes. These are aimed at improving quality of life for all, with community projects potentially delivering benefits for residents, neighbours and visitors as appropriate. VRG will also support viable and sustainable larger projects that address the identified community challenges and opportunities, through a documented and informed decision making process, as funds allow.
HOUSEHOLD Small Grants can provide up to £500 for household works strictly restricted to VRG’s charitable objectives.
Eligibility criteria. Applications must:
- Be from a permanent resident living in the Carron Valley Community Council area
- Be signed by someone 16 years of age or over
- Deliver against VRG’s Objectives.
- Not include modes of transport (except electric bikes), tools (e.g. chainsaws) or household maintenance.
- Not be granular – for an additional part of a project that has been funded previously (e.g. applying for a stove and then submitting separate application to reline chimney).
There is currently no restriction on multiple applications from one household, recognising that new residents might have to embark on one or more projects.
Examples of Household Small Grants Scheme applications
Energy Efficiency fixed equipment e.g. windows and insulation
Energy efficiency semi-fixed e.g. thermal curtains
Energy efficiency sustainable fuel e.g. wood burning stoves, log stores
Gardening type products e.g. raised beds, greenhouses polytunnels, henhouses, beehives
The procedure for making a grant application is as follows:
- Read these guidelines in full
- Obtain a quote or price for work or items
- Complete the application form and send it to the VRG Secretary with the quotes
- Enclose a stamped addressed envelope if an acknowledgement or receipt of application is required.
The Administrator in association with the Grants Sub-committee will review applications as and when they are submitted and distributed, with a response typically provided to the applicant within four to six weeks for individual and community grants. This timeline is for guidance since the VRG is run by unpaid volunteers who give their time voluntarily to the group.
In making grants the Administrator and Sub-Committee will be guided by how well the project will address the VRG Objectives .The Board reserves the right to decline to support an application which they consider does not address these or is ineligible. Applicants refused a grant will be entitled to receive an explanation for the decision and the Board’s decision will be final. The guidelines specify the upper limit of any award to be made. Should you not be happy with any part of the process please inform us as soon as possible in writing to Secretary.
For approved grants, VRG will ear-mark the grant sum for 12 months for the applicant to complete the project or purchase. On production of valid receipt(s) the grant will be paid out. If a receipt is not provided within 12 months the earmarking will cease.
VRG Grant Conditions
Any award made will be subject to the following conditions:
- Except in exceptional circumstances no work or purchase for which a grant is sought should take place until notification of an award has been made in writing.
- Awards will only be made to permanent residents operating within the Carron Valley Community Council area.
- Valley Renewables shall be entitled to reclaim any funds that it considers to have been used inappropriately, or where spend is not evidenced.