Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund was set up early in 2006 to administer the first community benefit funds available from a wind farm site in South Ayrshire. The company is run by representative directors from the community council areas of Barr, Dailly, Pinmore and Pinwherry. The board of HHCBF is in place to administer the wind farm benefit funds on behalf of those communities for the whole community. HHCBF is also a partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy, the windfarm owners.
Community Groups from within the 3 community council areas covered by the Windfarm (Barr, Dailly and Pinwherry/Pinmore) can apply to HHCBF to help finance projects, large and small, which offer demonstrable, widespread benefits to the individual communities. HHCBF works within the communities to identify and develop suitable projects, source matched funding where appropriate, build community capacity to deliver the projects and acts as an advisor before, during and after the initial delivery of the projects to ensure their longer term sustainability.
The Fund's priorities are for projects that contribute towards one or more of the following:
• Reduce poverty and disadvantage
• Improve the health of residents
• Promote care and support of vulnerable people
• Improve community safety
• Ensure easy access to employment opportunities
• Achieve parity with national educational attainment levels
• Promote a wide range of recreational, sporting and cultural activities
• Improve rural transport opportunities
• Improve rural business opportunities
• Promote environmental awareness and energy efficiency measures
• Build the capacity of local groups and organisations
Part of the board’s duty is to ensure that the funds also stretch far beyond the proposed 25 year span of the wind farm by which it is supported. To that end, HHCBF has started investing on a bigger scale in socially relevant projects which will not only provide short term benefits to the community, but which with careful management will reap a financial return to the fund which will maintain its existence long into the future. (See Brunston Castle page)
The board's legal status is that of a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Secretarial support to the company has been provided by social enterprise Ailsa Horizons Ltd, rural regeneration and social enterprise agency for South Ayrshire since March 2007.