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Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) has agreed that Barrhill CIC can offer winter fuel grants of £475 this year, and the name has also been updated from ‘winter fuel’ to ‘Community Energy grants’ to bring it into line with SPR supported schemes elsewhere. Thanks go to Scottish Power Renewables and Kilgallioch Community Benefit Company for providing the funds for this initiative.

For this year’s community energy grants we are moving to using an online process and paying the grants direct into people’s bank accounts. We hope this will be more convenient for most people, and hard copy forms can still be used by people who are not online. For the 2023-2024 payments, BCIC is using Foundation Scotland to support the distribution of these grants. We have a joint data processing agreement (part of the privacy notice) that you can view here.

To be able to submit your application you will need:.

A photo of the documents is just as good as a scan (as long as it’s legible!) and you can cross out all the personal financial information – we’re just looking for the sort codes and account details and to cross-check the address. These documents, along with ticking a box to accept the conditions of grant will enable Foundation Scotland to make payment direct to your bank account. There are two payment runs a week, on Tuesday and Thursdays.

If there are any problems with your application once submitted Foundation Scotland will contact you, or if you have problems, questions or concerns you can ring Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300 or email enquiries@bcic.org.uk or grants@foundationscotland.org.uk

This fund aims to improve the opportunities and livelihoods of people living in Barrhill Community Council area by providing bursaries. These grants aim to help people access training and education opportunities that better equip them with the range of skills needed to enter or retain employment.

The education or training opportunity may be long-term (one year or more) or shorter (one day or even less, or taught over a period of weeks or months), full time or part time. The level of grant will depend on the course the applicant wants to do, associated costs and other funding available to them. The grant can be used to support course fees where these cannot be met from other sources, and the fund may also assist with the cost of equipment, travel, childcare and subsistence (see list below). Evidence of how costs have been calculated will be required.

Please note this Fund incorporates both the former bursary scheme and the driving test grant which has been expanded to include driving lessons and driving practical or theory tests, as well as driving qualifications related to employment such as contribution to HGV licence, construction cards or trailer test. Grants for driving lessons and tests are capped at £1,000 in total, with no return to the Fund for a second award.

For all the information on eligible costs and how to apply please click here

If you are a group or organisation within Barrhill, you can apply for costs towards a minibus hire once per calendar year. Complete and return the Group Minibus Hire Form to apply.

Minibus hire  application form

Note: Grants are awarded subject to meeting the criteria and availability of funds.