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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.

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 six grant funds from the following Windfarms:

  • Blacklaw
  • Pateshill
  • Tormywheel
  • Pearie Law
  • Harburnhead
  • Cowdenhead

Funding is available from 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 funding from the Windfarms above:

Eligible areas for the Blacklaw Fund
5kmFauldhouse
10km
 
Longridge
Stoneyburn
Breich
Addiewell
Whitburn
Greenrigg

 

Eligible areas for the Pateshill Fund
5kmStoneyburn
Addiewell
Harburn
Breich
West Calder
10kmFauldhouse
Longridge
Whitburn
Blackburn
Murieston

 

 

Eligible areas for the Harburnhead Fund
5kmWest Calder
Harburn
10kmStoneyburn
Breich
Blackridge
Longridge
Polbeth
Seafield
Livingston Village
Craigshill
Dedridge
Murieston
Belsquarry

 

Eligible areas for the Pearie Law Fund
5kmWest Calder
Addiewell
Harburn
10kmBreich
Fauldhouse
Longridge
Stoneyburn
Whitburn
Blackburn
Boghall
Seafield
Livingston Village
Craigshill
Dedridge
Murieston

 

Eligible areas for the Tormywheel Fund

5km

Breich
Fauldhouse
Longridge
Stoneyburn
10kmWest Calder
Blackburn
Whitburn

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 2019 is as follows:

  • Wednesday 30 January, 6pm
  • Wednesday 27 March, 6pm
  • Wednesday 29 May, 6pm
  • Wednesday 25 September, 6pm
  • Wednesday 27 November, 6pm

In order to be considered, all applications must be received by 5pm, one week prior to the date of meetings.

Trustees of WLDT

  • David Dodds - Chair, Councillor for Fauldhouse and the Breich Valley ( Chair)
  • Pauline Clark - Councillor for Fauldhouse and the Breich Valley
  • Cathy Muldoon - Councillor for Fauldhouse and the Breich Valley
  • Peter Heggie- Councillor for Livingston South
  • Ian Brown - Community member from Murieston
  • Allan MacLauchlan - Community member from Harburn
  • Robert Nisbet - Community member from Stoneyburn
  • June Close - Community member from Fauldhouse

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

For more information contact the West Lothian Development on WestLothianDevelopmentTrust@westlothian.gov.uk