HOUSEHOLD GRANT SCHEME

Two annual grants of up to £500 each are available to households within the Carron Valley & District Area to implement household works which support environmental protection or reduce the household’s carbon footprint.

What can be funded:

The Household Grant can fund a range of measures within your home and garden, including:

  • Fixed and semi fixed energy efficient equipment such as efficient windows, insulation or thermal curtains.
  • Sustainable heating options including Wood burning stoves, or a log store.
  • Gardening equipment to reduce carbon impact such as raised beds or a greenhouse for growing your own produce, a henhouse, beehives or a compost bin.

What cannot be funded:

The Household Grant cannot fund modes of transport (other than electric bikes), tools or household maintenance. Two separate grants cannot be used to fund the same works.

Who is eligible:

We welcome applications from permanent residents of the Carron Valley and District Area who are over 16 years of age. Each household in the region is eligible for two grants a year up to £500 each.  Full eligibility criteria can be found in the Guidance Notes above.

How do I apply:

The application process is easy. Read the Guidance Notes below in full. Gather a quote/costing for works. Complete and submit the Household Grant Application Form above. If successful, funds are paid to applicants following receipt of proof of payment.

The Grants Sub-Group, supported by the VRG Administrator, will assess each application anonymously. We aim to respond within 4-6 weeks of receipt of a completed application.

If you require any support with your application or would like to discuss a possible application please contact us

Household Small Grants can provide up to £500 for household works strictly restricted to VRG’s charitable objectives and focused on object 4.1 Advancing environmental protection. To ensure the scheme can support more participation, particularly from those residents who have not benefitted previously, we are amending the criteria to allow up to two grants per household within 12 calendar months.

These changes are effective from 1 December 2020. This December is included with the 2021 calendar year. Applications pending consideration and those received by December 1 2020 are not affected.

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 a separate application to reline a chimney. Also separate awards will not be made where a project is split e.g. insulating a house and separately applying to insulate a conservatory or applying for double-glazing for one set of windows and applying for another set. 
  • Eligible households may receive up to two grants per household within 12 calendar months.

VRG Objects.

VRG’s objects can be found in full within the VRG Articles of Association. The Household Grant scheme focuses on Object 4.1. Advance environmental protection. Grant applications should support one or more of the following areas:

  • Tackle climate change;
  • Promote self-sufficiency;
  • Promote energy efficiency;
  • Promote waste reduction; or
  • Promote biodiversity.

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

Households may find the free to use WWF Carbon Footprint Calculator a useful tool to use when considering a grant application to lower their carbon footprint.

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 Admin Officer with the quotes

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. A retrospective application may be considered provided the purchase has been within the  period of the preceding 3 months and the applicant accepts the risk that the application may not be successful. Such an application must explain the reason for the purchase being retrospective.
  • 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.

VRG New Venture Fund 

If your application to a Household Small Grant is successful and if you see an opportunity to develop it into an income earning activity you may be able to apply for further VRG support. The New Venture Fund can provide an additional small scale grant and loan, as well as advice to support for new entrepreneurial ventures. 

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