Hillhead of Auquhirie
Octopus Investments

The Hillhead of Auquhirie Community Benefit Fund was established in 2015 to support local community groups and projects. 

It is available annually for the lifetime of the wind farm which is provided by current owners Octopus Investments.

The Fund is open to applications from any community group, club, society, charity or other not-for-profit entity that operates within the Area of Benefit and benefits residents living in the following Community Council areas:

  • Arbuthnott
  • Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar
  • Mearns
  • Stonehaven and District

The fund is open for applications between 1 April and 30 June annually.


They welcome applications from organisations whose focus covers aspects of the following:

  • a broad span of the community.
  • children and young people – especially projects focused on improving access to activities and services and where young people play a key role in the decision-making
  • carbon reduction – helping to tackle climate change.
  • vulnerable people – especially projects involving increased access to services and facilities for people with disabilities, the homeless and the elderly.
  • community regeneration – projects that improve health and education; reduce crime level, regenerate employment, housing and the physical environment.
  • self-help groups – community-based groups that deliver basic services.
  • environmental and wildlife projects – especially those involving improvements to communal land.
  • education and skills development – group and community-based programs, particularly for those who have had no previous access to training opportunities.
  • health – projects providing access to services that aim to improve the health and well-being of communities.
  • heritage – projects that celebrate and protect the local heritage.
  • sustainability – projects that promote sustainable development.
  • community buildings – projects that help maintain community owned buildings widely used by the community.