Community Grants and Benefit Funds
There are a number of local funds available to community groups in Heriot and for individual members of the community who wish to fund a project or idea that would benefit the wider community.
Heriot Community Council has a small pot of money available to fund microgrants up to £250 for any project that benefits the wider community in Heriot. The aim of microgrants is to provide small amounts of money to get new projects started or to allow existing groups to try new things or buy equipment. The Community Council is responsible for deciding how to award these funds.
There have been three micro grants awarded between October 2018 and October 2019.
- Heriot Country Kids - £250 - insurance for playgroup
- Mini Book Bank - £250 - reading book loans for Heriot children, located in the outdoor room at Heriot Primary School on Friday lunch time
- Eco shop - £250 - started by the Heriot Primary School pupils and selling environmentally friendly products
- Baby and Toddler group
The following list shows allocations of the microgrant by the Community Community for the past few years.
- Oct 2018 - Heriot Book Bank - £250 - Library equipment
- Aug 2018 (and 2016)- Sports committee - £250 - Sports day
- Aug 2018 - A7 Action Group - £250 - A7 safety measures
- Jul 2018 - Landscaping group - £250 - local landscaping
- Nov 2017 (and 2016)- Fireworks night - £250
- Jun 2017 - Rotavator attachment - £780 - attached to snow blower
- Jun 2016 - Dinner club - £250 - Home cooked meal and social interaction
- May 2016 - Junior Drama group - £250 - entertainment
- Mar 2016 - Tree planting equipment - (trees donated by railway)
Community Benefit Funds
Community benefit funds are available from large local projects, usually windfarms, for larger applications of more than £250, usually up to approximately £25k (contact the appropriate fund secretary to discuss applications for larger amounts). Grants are normally only awarded to constituted groups, or groups that will become constituted early in the course of the project.
DLX Trust (Dun Law Extension)
The DLX Trust administers a fund with an annual income of approximately £57k from the Dun Law Windfarm extension. The fund is open to applications from groups in Heriot, Oxton, Humbie and Fala. The Trust comprises ten trustees, two each from Heriot, Fala and Humbie, and four from Oxton. The Heriot trustees on the DLX Trust panel are Gavin Whittaker and Kate Finlayson.
SSE Trust (Toddleburn and Carcant Wind Farms)
The Toddleburn and Carcant windfarms, installed by SSE, provide a combined annual income of approximately £40k for Heriot. This fund is not shared with any other community. A panel is elected from the community every three years (or simply appointed if there are insufficient nominations). The current panel comprises Colin Hood (Chairman), Gavin Whittaker, Frank Connelly, Felix Otton, Elsbeth Robinson, and David Bowes-Lyon. An annual report for Heriot SSE Trust, together with an idea of the funds, is available from the panel.
Other Borders and Scottish funding open to Heriot
The following are just a few examples of funds that have made numerous awards to communities in the Scottish Borders.
Scottish Borders Localities Bid Fund (£500,000)
This fund is organised by the Scottish Borders Council. The second round of bidding is delayed to 2019.
Fallago Environment Fund
The aim of the Fund is 'to enhance the quality of life for local communities and visitors to the Borders through investment in the protection, enhancement and appreciation of the natural, built and cultural heritage of the Scottish Borders environment'.
The Robertson Trust
Open to registered charities and Community Interest Companies in Scotland.
Scottish Land Fund
For voluntary or community organisations with grants of between £10,000 to £1,000,000 available for them to achieve more sustainable economic, environmental and/or social development through ownership of land and buildings, to have a stronger role in and control over their own development and to own well managed, financially sustainable land and buildings.
Big Lottery Awards for All Scotland
For voluntary or community organisations, requiring funding of between £300 and £10,000.
Big Lottery Awards over £10,000
There are a number of schemes available, with various criteria depending upon which one is applied for.