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Operating since 2016, the Sunart Community Benefit Fund has made single awards of almost £7,000 to local projects.
It is open for applications again and will be closing on Monday March 23. Grants of between £500 and £5,000 and large grants of more than that amount require a two-stage application.
The fund uses profits from the hydro scheme run by Sunart Community Renewables (SCR) which means the amount available to distribute is often dependent on rainfall. From time to time, the fund also receives donations from third party organisations and donors.
The panel of 13 Sunart residents meets no more than four times per year to distribute money to projects. The panel is made up of a representative group spanning a wide age range.
A statement on what outcomes the panel are looking for from the fund states: ‘The fund will support positive change by investing in a wide range of inspirational, community-led activity that is strategic, positive and creative and helps create a legacy of lasting impact. The fund will do this by making grants to support the costs of relevant projects, services and facilities.’
There are four Areas for Action that the fund seeks to progress: health and wellbeing; learning and working; access and transport; and housing and infrastructure.
The fund has contributed to projects such as repairing the Sunart church roof, local festivals and supporting trips and projects for the primary and high school.
Application forms and guidance can be found on the Sunart Community Company website along with extensive information on the fund’s history and previous awards.