Community Benefit Fund 2024

The CBF is currently closed, it opens each year in The late summer Autumn and this will be announced in the Ullapool News and on social media. Click on the links below for application form and guidance notes.

https://www.ullapoolcommunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/CBF-Application-Form-LUCT-2023.docx

What is the Community Benefit Fund?

The CBF is a community benefit fund and has been established as a means of enabling LUCT to financially support community projects within its remit area. The fund came into existence through a partnership between Lochbroom Community Renewables (Broom Power) and LUCT. Lochbroom Community Renewables Limited (LCR) is a Community Benefit Society which was set up by LUCT 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. http://www.broompower.org/  The CBF was set up to re-distribute the surplus income from the hydro scheme back into the community. LUCT is hopeful that other current and future projects will also divert funds into the CBF.  

If you would like to donate to the CBF please use the donation gift aid form below, you can set up a standing order or use the account details to make individual payments, all gift aid forms should be sent to info@ullapoolcommunity.org Please note: share holders in Lochbroom Community Renewables if you wish to donate your interest from your community share holding, you will need to complete the form below and actively donate, LCR no longer facilitate these donations.

https://www.ullapoolcommunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/2023-LUCT-CBF-gift-aid-donation-form_.docx

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 LUCT, the Community Council and LCR. The work of the CBF panel is reliant on volunteers and LUCT 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 info@ullapoolcommunity.org

Projects awarded in December 2023

An Tallas Solais – Dolphins £2,300

Royal British Legion Lochbroom – Dundonnell war memorial refurb £500

Ullapool Fire & Light – Winter lights £1,000

Lochbroom & Ullapool C of S – Giving Tree £500

Lochbroom & Ullapool C of S – Superkids £1,000

Ullapool & District Pipe Band- New Drums £2,000

Ullapool & District Youth Group – Youth space  £1558

Ullaspool – New Inflatable  £1000

Welcome Ullapool – hanging basket watering system  £1000

A total of £10,858 was awarded in 2023 . 

Past projects list of what was awarded in December 2022

Parish Hub – Hardship fund £2000
Ullapool & District Youth Group – Youth space rental £1350
Lochbroom Community Council – Beach clean project £1000
Lochbroom Community Council – Quay Street Play Park £2365
Scoraig Community Centre – PA equipment £1000
Ullapool Golf Course – Junior golf equipment £345
Isle Martin Trust – Croft House drainage £1000
Welcome Ullapool – Wildflower garden £450
Kindercroft – Woodburner £2000
Lochbroom Sailing Club – Junior sail equipment £ 797
Ullapool Sea Savers – accessible boat trips £ 250

This round of funding was resourced from surplus income from the Broom Power Hydro scheme, plus donated dividends from shareholders and gift aid upon these applied for by LUCT.  A total of £12,557 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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