Community Benefit Fund 2022

The CBF is now open for 2022. You have until October 31st to apply, grants of between £250 and £4,000 will be awarded from a total fund of just over £10,000. Should you require a paper form then these are available at the New Broom. If you need help with your application or have any queries contact Click on the links below for application form and guidance notes. For a down loadable word doc application form please use the long link below

What is the Community Benefit Fund?

The CBF is a community benefit fund and has been established as a means of enabling UCT to financially support community projects within its remit area. The fund came into existence through a partnership between Lochbroom Community Renewables (Broom Power) and UCT. Lochbroom Community Renewables Limited (LCR) is a Community Benefit Society which was set up by UCT to run renewable energy projects. Over the summer of 2016 it raised £900,000 in community shares to establish a hydro scheme in Lael Forest.  The CBF was set up to re-distribute the surplus income from the hydro scheme back into the community. UCT is hopeful that other current and future projects will also divert funds into the CBF.  

Who are the CBF Panel?

Decisions about which projects receive funding are made by an independent panel of volunteers from the community including representatives from UCT, the Community Council and LCR. The work of the CBF panel is reliant on volunteers and UCT would like to thank those individuals for their commitment and time in refining and delivering the fund.

There is currently a vacancy on the panel for one member of our community to join. You would need to commit to reading all the CBF applications and then joining the rest of the panel to discuss and decide the grants to be awarded. They work to an agreed scoring system and anyone with a specific interest in a project declares this and may be excluded from the voting for that specific application.

For more info or to apply email

Past projects list of what was awarded

Community Benefit Fund Awards – 2021
Ullapool Swimming Club – Covid recovery £360
Lochbroom Community Council – Beach clean project £1000
Ullapool Sea Savers – Safety first £1,155
Ullapool News – Large print project £300
Scoraig Community Centre – Solar panels £1,500
Lochbroom Community Renewables – Planning fees Woodland project £420
Ullapool Community Trust – Housing survey £500
Lael Mountain Bike Trails project – £1,770

This round of funding was resourced from surplus income from the Broom Power Hydro scheme, plus donated dividends from shareholders and gift aid claimed on these donations. A total of £7,005 was awarded.

2020 Awarded

2019 Awarded

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