Strathnairn Community Benefit Fund has been distributing community benefit payments to the communities located in Strathnairn since 2004. Over these years the funds managed have increased substantially and successive Boards sought to expand access to this funding by continually devising new grants covering an ever increasing wide range of requirements.
This strategy was well-meant but many of these grants had limited applicability to the majority of households in Strathnairn resulting in an unfair distribution of the funds. For years one of the most common comments voiced to SCBF was why the funds could not be divided equally between everyone. At the beginning of 2015, and working within the parameters of our Wind Farm agreements, our Energy Grant was piloted. For the first time, a grant became available that enabled potentially every residential household in Strathnairn to receive money towards their energy bills
Following on from the success of the energy grant, the Board felt that further improvements to the grant system could be made and a better and fairer way forward would be to adopt a simpler grant structure focusing on support for –
The most disadvantaged in our community through targeted hardship and respite support
Community based organisations such as Care in Strathnairn, the SCATA bus, the community halls and schools, together with other groups or projects aimed at providing community benefit for Strathnairn.
Energy and energy-efficiency grants for households
Large scale legacy projects for the future benefit of the community
As a result, and from January 2016, the grants available became –
Energy Efficiency Improvement Grant
Renewable Energy Technology Grant
Respite or Relief of Hardship Grant
Supplementary Home Heating Grant
SCBF introduced these changes on a trial basis for 2016, believing that the changes will broaden the distribution of funds for the whole community, and that there is widespread support for these changes. A review will be taking at the end of 2016 to review feedback received to date and determine whether to make the changes permanent.
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