Carrick Futures open for business

Carrick Futures, which receives funds from ScottishPower Renewables’ Mark Hill and Arecleoch wind farms, is open again for grant-making and keen to support a diverse range of community activity, particularly in the south Carrick area.

With a focus on the communities of Ballantrae, Colmonell & Lendalfoot, Barr, Barrhill, Pinmore & Pinwherry and Girvan & District, funds will support projects that make these communities even better places to live, work and visit. Some funds are also available for projects benefiting the wider Carrick area.

Carrick Futures has been closed for new applications since the autumn so directors could review its grant-making approach.

Small grants of up to £500 will continue to be administered by each of the primary community councils. Standard grants of £500 - £35,000 and large grants of over £35,000 will be administered through Foundation Scotland.

Further information and details can be found at www.carrickfutures.org.uk

Larger grants will now be subject to a two stage process. Directors will meet four times in 2015 to make decisions on awards.

Roger Pirrie, Carrick Futures Chair said: “It has been important for Directors to take stock of how we have been working up until now. This has involved talking with members of Carrick Futures and consulting with other stakeholders to review our application, assessment and reporting procedures. It is now time to open for business again and ensure that eligible groups are aware of the funding that Carrick Futures can provide. We are looking for strong projects that support regeneration and sustainability, especially when they also involve helping communities own or develop assets. We also recognise that much of the activity Carrick Futures is committed to supporting is done by volunteer-led groups and organisations and we are keen to support these groups to become stronger and even more effective.”

Cara Gillespie, Foundation Scotland’s lead for work with communities and partners in south Scotland commented, “We know there are groups ready with projects that have been waiting patiently for the new guidance and application material so the first closing date for applications is 23 February 2015. In the coming months Carrick Futures will have local ‘drop in’ sessions so groups can discuss their project ideas face to face. We would also encourage groups to utilise Ailsa Horizons and Voluntary Action South Ayrshire, who exist to help and guide voluntary organisations that continue to provide such critical services and facilities for communities.”

Carrick Futures was established as a company limited by guarantee in 2009 by local communities with assistance from Ailsa Horizons, a social enterprise and charity based in Girvan.

Foundation Scotland is a Scottish charity with expertise in distributing funds to community projects on behalf of a range of different donors. Since 2008, it has also developed expertise in designing and distributing community benefit funds linked to onshore commercial wind farms. Foundation Scotland works with communities and developers, administering over £1.3M in community benefit payments annually, mainly linked to commercially owned and operated onshore wind farms. It works with over 80 community councils and a wide range of developers, supporting the set-up and on-going activities of community funds across Scotland. The Foundation favours a long term view, promotes and harnesses community strengths and supports decision making processes that are inclusive, accountable and community-led.

In August 2014 Carrick Futures appointed Foundation Scotland to administer funds it receives from ScottishPower Renewables’ Mark Hill and Arecleoch wind farms for the benefit of Carrick communities.