Through our Achany wind farm, we provide at least £76,000 per year to community and charitable projects. Between 2010 and 2035 we expect to invest £1.9 million in local projects.

The Achany Wind Farm Community Fund is just one of three in the area which invests in activities and initiatives that help to build a vibrant local economy, supports and encourages thriving communities and makes the area an attractive place to live, work and visit for people of all ages. The Fund will do this by awarding a mixture of capital and revenue grants.

You can apply for a grant if you are:

  • a legally-constituted community group;
  • a non-profit organisation; or
  • a registered charity.

Within the community council area of: 

  • Ardgay & District;
  • Creich;
  • Lairg.

We can support projects which:

  • Strengthen and diversify the local economy through support for social enterprises, especially those that explore, test and develop activity that sensitively exploits the area’s tourist potential or niche business areas;
  • Stimulate new ideas and innovative approaches to generate growth and development and new employment;
  • Support the acquisition, development and use of new community assets and maintain and enhance existing ones;
  • Ensure adequate provision and/or services are available for the community that improve their life chances and/or quality of life;
  • Support efforts that co-ordinate community activity and optimise local resources and assets;
  • Respond to unforeseen circumstances or opportunities that are in keeping with the broad Fund aims identified above.

Sorry, we can't support projects which:

  • have a political or religious purpose;
  • subsidise the costs of energy consumption;
  • are for the purposes adverse to SSE's interest;
  • replace statutory funding; or
  • support individuals for their personal gain.

Grants available 

Groups in Ardgay & District, Creich and Lairg can apply for grants from £2,000 to £10,000. The deadlines for applications are 30 April and 31 October. The application form and guidelines are available below.

For more information on the most relevant fund contact Fiona Morrison, SSE on 01463 728376.

Application form - £2,000 - £10,000
Application form - £10,000+