A community fund is an annual payment we give to the community surrounding a wind farm to invest in local initiatives or people. A wind farm can sometimes impact on those living nearby, so the fund provides a way of giving something back to support the local community.
These might be small-scale, one-off investments (e.g. a school gardening project) or larger renovation projects (e.g. repairing a war memorial). Find out what projects have received funding in our community fund case studies.
The funds allocated are proportionate to the size of a wind farm and how much electricity the wind farm produces.
Community funds are managed by an external body – such as Foundation Scotland, which looks after several of our community funds in Scotland – but delivered in partnership with local communities. Local people are able to advise on the fund strategy and spend, so they can prioritise issues that are important to the local area. Find out who manages your community fund below.
[Community funds] can build a sense of agency and possibility for both individuals and communities. We’re seeing individuals gain qualifications and greater self-esteem and communities develop assets, services and capacity.
Rachel Searle, Head of Communities at Foundation Scotland