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. http://www.broompower.org/

The CBF was set up to re-distribute the surplus income from scheme back into the community. UCT is hopeful that other current and future projects will also divert funds into the CBF. UCT are currently investigating the potential of shared ownership and possible profit share of two privately owned renewable energy schemes; loch a bhraoin hydro scheme and Kirkan Wind Farm.

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2020 Covid-19 Grant News

Ullapool Community Trust (UCT) has received a grant of £8,000 from Highland and Island Enterprise. This money is available for groups and projects who need funding to help maintain/deliver projects and services etc. during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funding will be allocated by the Community Benefit Fund Panel which represents the community, UCT, Loch Broom Renewables and the Community Council. Funding will be allocated on an ongoing basis. Payments of up to £1,200 are available but larger payments will be considered by the Panel. Funding must be spent by 30 September. Non-constituted groups and/or individuals may apply if they are sponsored by another non-profit group who can receive the grant on their behalf.

Applicants are advised to read the full guidelines before submitting their application. Application packs are available by post or email (details below) or download below.

The panel is keen to distribute the funding to the community as soon as possible so please help spread the word to anyone who doesn’t use Facebook. Information about the fund will also appear in this week’s Ullapool News.

The fund is open now. Please submit your application by 1st August. Help for completing the forms is available from UCT.

Queries and requests for application packs should be directed to:

Sue Parker, Community Benefit Fund Administrator, Ullapool Community Trust, Broomview Cottage, Ardcharnich, by Garve, IV23 2RQ

Tel :01854 655 300

Email: [email protected]

Who are the CBF Panel?

Decisions about which projects receive funding are made by an independent panel of volunteers from the community with input from UCT, the Community Council and LCR. The first round of funding was distributed last year and contributed to a range of local initiatives. 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. We hope it will be even more successful this year. For further information on the projects funded by the CBF, visit our blog (insert link here), or come in and chat to our friendly staff.


Please Support the Ullapool Development Trust

Ullapool Community Development Trust is a local charity that was set up in 2009 to benefit the communities of lochbroom.

Given the current economic climate third sector funding for charities is becoming more and more difficult to secure, especially for core costs. UCT rely on the good will of benefactors and people who donate whatever they can afford to help support the Trust. This could be a one off donation or a monthly standing order. Every little helps – if you support the work we do and want to help toward the economic, social and environmental development of this community – please support us by giving what you can.

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