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West Lothian Development Trust

What is the West Lothian Development Trust Fund? The West Lothian Development Trust fund is money received from windfarm developments in West Lothian.


Community Representative 

The West Lothian Development Trust, is currently seeking to appoint a community representative. Representatives will be responsible for assisting in the distribution of community benefit in line with the West Lothian Development Trusts aims and objectives. Are you interested in representing your community on the trust? For further details of the application process and those areas within West Lothian that require representation please  contact Laura Wilson on 01506 281085 or

West Lothian Development Trust

The West Lothian Development Trust was set up to administer and manage the funds. The trust comprises of members from the communities within 10km of the developments, West Lothian Council and the windfarm developers. West Lothian Council provides administrative support to the trust.

70% of all funding received is spent in communities within 5km of any windfarm development. The remaining 30% is spent within a 10km radius.

Purpose of the fund

The fund supports the development of projects in communities within 10km of any windfarm development. Projects should meet one of the following priorities:

  • Relieve poverty, advance education or social purposes beneficial to an eligible community
  • Promote and encourage environmental improvement or enhancement
  • Secure investment, create employment, implement training, promote or secure sustainable development
  • Provide or assist in the provision of renewable energy

The Trust administers two grant funds, one from Blacklaw Windfarm and one from Pateshill Windfarm. Both grant funds have two strands of funding, a small grants fund of up to £2,000 and a main grants fund of up to £25,000. A maximum of 70% intervention rate applies to both grants. There are separate application forms for each grant fund.

Eligible areas for the Blacklaw Fund


  • Fauldhouse


  • Fauldhouse
  • Longridge
  • Stoneyburn
  • Breich
  • Addiewell
  • Whitburn
  • Greenrigg

Eligible areas for Pateshill fund

5 km

  • Stoneyburn
  • Addiewell
  • Harburn
  • Breich
  • West Calder


  • Fauldhouse
  • Longridge
  • Whitburn
  • Blackburn
  • Murieston

Funding decisions will be published on an annual basis.

Meetings Schedule

The West Lothian Development Trust meets bi monthly to assess applications. The schedule for meetings for year 2016-17 is as follows: TBC

In order to be considered, all applications must be received one week prior to the date of meetings.

Trustees of WLDT

  • David Dodds - Chair, Councillor for Fauldhouse and the Breich Valley
  • Greg McCarra - Councillor for Fauldhouse and the Breich Valley
  • Cathy Muldoon - Councillor for Fauldhouse and the Breich Valley
  • Dave King- Councillor for East Livingston and East Calder
  • Tommy Kane - Community member from Addiewell
  • Allan MacLauchlan - Community member from Harburn
  • Robert Nisbet - Community member from Stoneyburn

Application forms, guidance notes and information on the Trust can be downloaded here: