Strathnairn Community Benefit Fund (SCBF) was set up in 2004 to receive and distribute community benefit payments from the developer of the Farr Windfarm, Npower UK (now known as RWE Innogy UK).
Following advice from The Highland Council (THC) and Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Strathnairn Community Council (SNCC) decided to set up an incorporated body to administer the community benefit payments. The neighbouring Strathdearn Community Council was also involved in the discussions with the developer, and the funds were split between the two communities.
SCBF was established as a company, limited by guarantee, with the SNCC as its sole member, and with charitable status. The key purpose of SCBF was to manage the funds, and to pay out grants to support the objective of “The promotion, for the benefit of the public, of urban or rural regeneration in areas of social and economic deprivation and in particular in the Strathnairn Community Council area ..”
The SCBF Board consists of 10 – 12 directors, with representatives from SNCC not having a majority. Directors typically serve a 3 year term, and are recruited from across the community. They are appointed by the directors and approved by SNCC.
Since its formation, SCBF now also receives contributions from SSE for the Dunmaglass Wind Farm and ENECO for the Moy Wind Farm. It also administers funds from the Forestry Commission for the Farr Hydro Scheme. In 2014/15, it administered funds worth approximately £1.5 million.