Halkirk District Benefit Fund receives an annual payment from the Causeymire Wind Farm, which is owned
and managed by Ventient Energy. The wind farm is situated near several sites of special scientific interest
and is part of the wider Flow Country area. There are 21 turbines within the wind farm. The annual
payment is index linked and is calculated at £0.00 per MW of energy.
Area of benefit
Halkirk and District Community Council area and including Altnabraec, Banniskirk, Calder, Georgemas,
Harpsdale, Spittal, Mybster and Westerdale
About this fund
The aim of this fund is to advance education and relieve poverty for the benefit of the public and to
provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure.
- Provision of facilities for meetings, lectures classes and entertainment and for other forms of
education, recreation, and leisure time occupation
- Provision of facilities for the young and elderly including mother and toddler groups, playgroups,
out of school care groups, youth groups, young adults, senior citizens, and elderly
- Provision of facilities for those of any age who have special needs including the mentally and
physically handicapped, athletes and sports persons.
- Provision of training, education, meetings, lectures, seminars and talks and the promotion and
publication of leaflets, pamphlets books and articles, whether concerned with the area of benefit or
- Bringing together in the furtherance of the objects of the company of any organisations whether
incorporated or unincorporated, statutory, or non-statutory bodies or individuals
- Promotion for the benefit of the public of the environment and its enhancement and
- The research, collation, recording, publication by any means, dissemination, and promotion of the
history of the Area of Benefit. “
Who can apply to the fund?
- Members of the fund can apply. You can apply for membership if you lie in the Halkirk Community Council area.
- Organisations and clubs can apply. Organisations and clubs can apply for membership if they are based in the Halkirk Community Council area.
- Organisations and clubs benefitting residents of the Community Council area may request an
- application form for consideration by the Board of Directors. These applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and must demonstrate a clear benefit for residents of the
- fund area.
What cannot be funded
- Non constituted groups.
- Fundraising appeals or activities.
- Activities that do not benefit residents of the fund area.
- Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before your application has been decided (retrospective funding.
- The repayment of loans or payment of debts.
- Halkirk District Benefit Fund Application Guidelines
- Registered company No: 281781
- Scottish Charity No: SC039254
- Halkirk District Benefit Fund Registered Office: 28 Queensgate, Inverness, IV1
- The advancement of religion or politics. (Religious groups may apply for funding for non-religious activity that will benefit the wider community).
- Funding to support activities considered to be the responsibility of statutory authorities.
- Any activities that are considered likely to bring the fund, or the donor into disrepute.
- Any activities that conflict with the interests of the funder
Additional points for consideration
Applicants requesting funding for community activities or projects should demonstrate they have undertaken consultations with the project’s intended beneficiaries and can clearly evidence community support.
Applicants should consider whether delivering their project in partnership with other organisations / groups will add value to their project. This could involve working with voluntary, private, or public sector bodies.
Where possible, applicants should consider local providers of the goods and services they are seeking a grant towards. However, this should be shown to offer the best value, balancing considerations of cost, availability, and quality.
Costs / Quotes
- Costs £100- £1000 minimum one quote should be submitted.
- Costs £1,000.00 to £5,000.00 minimum two quotes should be submitted.
- Costs £5,000.00 and above minimum three quotes should be submitted.
- Where it has not been possible to obtain more than the required amount of quotes an explanation should be submitted along with the quote obtained.
Decision making process
Halkirk District Benefit Fund is run by a board of Directors. Each year at the Annual General Meeting Directors who have served their time on the board step down. Members of the fund can be nominated to take a position on the Board of Directors. There are seven places on the Board of Directors.
All applications to the fund are assessed by the administrator prior to being sent to the Board of Directors. The checks we have in place are to prevent fraud and limit risks.
- Your organisation has charitable purposes, and these are described in your governing document.
- Your governing document includes suitable restrictions on the disposal of assets under the
organisation’s control and, its management committee or board members’ remuneration. It should
a. A charitable dissolution clause (or ‘asset lock’) stating that on winding up the organisation’s net
assets must be put towards a similar charitable purpose(s) to that of the organisation.
b. Suitable restraints on the provision of benefit to individuals.
c. If the governing document allows for the remuneration of any Board or management committee
members your organisation it must comply with OSCR’s guidance on this.
- There is a minimum of three unrelated persons on the management committee or Board.
- Most of your management committee or Board members are unrelated.
Accounts and financial procedures
- Your latest set of approved accounts. These will need to have been approved by your management
committee or Board. If your organisation is less than 18 months old, no accounts are required.
- Registered charities, your accounts must be prepared in accordance with the requirements of
Office Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
- The organisation name on your accounts must match the name on the governing document and
- You must have your own bank account.
- Your financial transactions are required to be either authorised (before payment) or checked (after
payment) by another person independent of the person initiating the payment.
- Where possible your appointed account signatories must not be related. This is to safeguard against fraud or misuse of charitable funds in the organisation’s control.
Policies, procedures, and safeguarding
We expect applicants to have adopted or be developing policies and procedures appropriate to the
organisation’s size and purpose and in line with any legal requirements.
If your organisation’s core activities, or the project you are applying for, includes work with children and / or vulnerable adults, you must have an appropriate Safeguarding Policy and, procedures setting out how the policy is implemented in place before application.
Included in your policy should be:
- The purpose & scope of the policy in a statement
- Suitable training in safeguarding
- Safe arrangements for all work involving vulnerable adults/children and young people.
- Procedures for responding to and reporting abuse or suspected abuse.
- Contact details, of at least one nominated Safeguarding person.
- The project fits the fund criteria.
- The organisations competence and financial status
- How the project has been identified
- How the project has been planned.
- The budget planning to ensure it is realistic.
For some projects the administrator may require additional information. To present to the Board If this is
required you will be contacted by telephone or email and asked to provide this.
Applicants will be informed of the Board decision within 2 weeks of the Board meeting advising next steps and any conditions of offer. Unsuccessful applications can receive feedback to help them understand why their application was not funded.
All decisions are final.