Carrick Futures announces new secretariat

The Board of Carrick Futures has appointed Foundation Scotland to administer funds it receives from ScottishPower Renewables’ Mark Hill and Arecleoch wind farms for the benefit of Carrick communities.

Recent beneficiaries include the primary schools in Barrhill, Ballantrae, Girvan and Colmonell, for outdoor education activity, and the Stepping Stones for Families Money Advice Service.

Since 2009 Ailsa Horizons, a local social enterprise and charity, has provided secretariat services to the Carrick Futures Board of Directors. But administration arrangements are now changing and Carrick Futures will be run with support from Foundation Scotland. 

Foundation Scotland is an independent grant making charity that distributes funds for community groups across Scotland. It has particular expertise in working with developers, communities and other local organisations to design and distribute community funds from wind farms. 

Roger Pirrie, Carrick Futures Chair said: “I want to thank Ailsa Horizons for their work to date. We are looking forward to working with Foundation Scotland and benefitting from their extensive experience in grant making to ensure that these funds achieve real impact. We are excited that their approach relies on working closely with teams of local people to decide on awards so Carrick Futures Directors will continue to be at the centre of decision making.”

John Alexander, Project Director at ScottishPower Renewables said: “As a responsible developer, ScottishPower Renewables is delighted to see real benefits being delivered to the Carrick area from our developments. Both Arecleoch and Mark Hill wind farms have been operational since 2011 and have contributed almost £2,000,000 towards community initiatives during this time. The Carrick Futures fund has delivered some exciting initiatives under the secretariat of Ailsa Horizons including the Carrick Tourism Development Project, community transport initiatives to increase rural connectivity and bursaries to assist local people to access to further education and skills. We look forward to seeing Foundation Scotland continuing this good work and interacting closely with communities across Carrick.”

Cara Gillespie is Foundation Scotland’s lead for work with communities and partners in south Scotland and will be the main contact for Carrick Futures.  She commented, “I’m looking forward to working with the Carrick communities and plan to work with Directors to set up local ‘drop in’ sessions so groups can discuss their project ideas face to face.” 

The Fund will close to new applications for a short period in the autumn whilst Foundation Scotland and the Directors review Carrick Futures’ application, assessment and reporting processes. Any changes will be announced in the local press in advance of the Fund reopening for 2015.