Through our Gordonbush wind farm, we provide at least £144,000 per year to community and charitable projects. Between 2011 and 2036 we expect to invest £3.6 million in local projects.

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:

  • Rogart;
  • Golspie
  • Brora; or
  • Helmsdale.

We can support projects which:

  • The fund will provide grants to support charitable activities that will develop the area’s assets (natural, environmental, physical, culture & heritage, economic and social);
  • build the sustainability of the local communities as vibrant places to live, work and visit.

Grant requests to support a wide range of costs and activities will be considered, e.g. equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc
Sorry, we can’t support projects which:

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

Grants available

How much How to apply
£1 - £500 Applications for grants of up to £500 can be made through a micro-grants scheme through each of the four Community Councils. Each Community Council will receive applications directly and make decisions on any micro-grants to be awarded in its area. This is open to individuals and non-constituted groups to apply.
£501 - £5,000 Main grants application form
£10,000 - £20,000 Strategic grants application form


Main Grants (£501 - £5,000)
These grants will support low level community activity that is often related to one off critical items or that enables a group to continue providing the core activity it provides. Groups sometimes enter leaner periods and it is quite legitimate for them to seek funding from the Gordonbush Community Fund. These grants can also support community activity that will be an extension, pilot or development of what is currently being provided by the group. It may also include an attempt to work in partnership with another local group so the one grant may, in effect, help resource two groups.

Strategic Grants (£10,000 - £20,000)
The fund seeks to support a smaller number of strategic grants. Strategic investments will be planned investments in specific projects or organisations and are likely to involve funding beyond a one year period. Strategic grant-making could involve, but not be restricted to, applications for projects that will straddle Community Council areas and have a long-term impact on the communities involved. The maximum level of grant award will be capped at £20,000. Any application for a strategic grant will be subject to a two stage application process taking up to a year depending on grant deadlines and panel meeting dates. In the first instance, applicants will be asked to complete an outline proposal form for consideration by the Panel. A proposal form submitted within a round deadline will go to the next panel meeting. The Panel will then decide whether it wishes the applicant to submit a full application for funding, or not. Applicants need to be mindful that the Panel only meets twice a year to consider grant applications.

An advisory panel - made up of local residents and representatives from the four Community Council areas – has been established and decides how grants are awarded.


Deadline Panel date
31 July Mid September
31 January Mid March


Who can I contact for further information? 
Fiona Morrison
Community Funds Manager

T: 01463 728376
E: fiona.morrison@sse.com

Main grant application form
Strategic grant application form