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  • The Scottish Hydro Electric Community Trust

    Created: 26/05/2023
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance


    The Scottish Hydro Electric Community Trust is an independent charitable trust. The Trust offers help to customers faced with high charges for an electricity connection within the Scottish Hydro-Electric Distribution area - this includes Fife.

    The Trust was established in 1998 with independent Trustees appointed to award grants to offset high connection costs in deserving individual domestic cases and for special community projects.

    Levels of award:

    The level of award granted will be at the sole discretion of the Trustees. For domestic customers a grant of routinely up to 50% of the connection cost may be awarded. For community projects a grant of routinely between 50% and 75% may be awarded and the benefit to the community will influence the grant.

    Eligibility:

    • The property must be for domestic use or a community project which is not profit distributing.
    • Domestic properties must be the sole residence of the applicant.
    • Full planning permission, where required, must have been granted before an application is submitted.
    • Applicants should be a member of the local community.
    • Applications relating to connections or upgrades for renewable energy installations will be considered.
    • Applicants are required to provide detailed information on the costs, funding and purpose of their project.
    • Applicants are required to provide information about their financial status. The Trustees may seek to verify the information provided. 
      • HOUSEHOLD INCOME - Gross annual household income should include spouse/partner in addition to the applicant.
      • ASSETS - (e.g. This should include the value of any land, property, motor vehicles, investments, savings, etc).
      • LIABILITIES - (e.g. Include the value of any all outstanding loans, debts, etc).
      • FURTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION - reason for selecting the site, family background and circumstances and any other information you feel should be taken into consideration by the Trustees in considering your application. 
    • The amount of grant offered will take account of what the Trustees consider to be a reasonable connection charge.
    • The Trustees will only consider applications from Community Trusts that are Registered Charities in Scotland for small scale housing projects in fragile rural communities.

    Levels of award:

    The level of award granted will be at the sole discretion of the Trustees. For domestic customers a grant of routinely up to 50% of the connection cost may be awarded. For community projects a grant of routinely between 50% and 75% may be awarded and the benefit to the community will influence the grant.

    To apply, find out more at the Scottish Hydro Electric Community Trust website.

    Next deadline for applications is Tuesday 05 September 2023.




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