The Lochluichart Community Trust (LCT) was established in 2014 as a not for profit community company to administer the community benefit fund, provided by Eneco, associated with the Lochluichart Wind Farm. The current annual fund received is £176,802 per year, based on £2,750 per megawatt of installed capacity, including the recent extension to the windfarm. In September 2017, a further annual fund was received from Green Higland Renewables (Ledgowan) Ltd for the Ledgowan hydro scheme.  The fund from both providers is distributed to projects and initiatives within the Garve and District Community Council area, with particular emphasis on local regeneration and community development. In future, other renewable energy operators may choose to channel available funding through a partnership with the LCT.

The fund opened for applications for the first time in Summer 2014 and a wide variety of projects have been supported, details of which are on the “Previous applications” page. If you wish to apply for a grant the details and application forms can be found on the “Application Information and Forms” page.

LCT’s Mission and Objectives

The objective of LCT is the charitable objective of the advancement of citizenship or community development within the Garve and District Community Council area.

LCT is governed by the Community Benefit Agreement and the Articles of Association which includes the objective of LCT. Links to the governing documents can be found here.



The Board seeks four new Directors. It has four already, but needs another four to reach eight allowed by our Articles.

Please think about joining us. You will be at the heart of deciding how the community’s needs will be met. And how everyone’s well-being will be improved.

You will play a unique role in regenerating and developing the community in which you live and work. For the benefit of everyone living in it. Now and in the future. 

What’s the company for?

The company has a vision of a self-sustaining community where everyone leads the fulfilled life they seek.

Its mission is to improve the social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being of individuals and businesses by identifying and meeting community needs in these areas.

It will create enterprise and projects, care for the environment, and promote the use of local resources, working with and for the local community, involving people, groups and businesses. 

What are Directors responsible for?

The Board of Directors is responsible for:
•         Strategic and business planning to create a business plan meeting the needs of the community
•         Commissioning a programme of new projects and upgrading existing community assets to meet these needs
•         Monitoring projects to keep them on track
•         Ensuring the company is run properly
•         The financial well-being of the company 
How much time does it take?

The Directors’ responsibility is to make sure things get done, not to do them themselves. There will be a development officer and administration support.  Projects will be delegated to a project officer, a sub-committee or a community group. Each Director may have a leading oversight of a particular project. Reports will be prepared for the Board. 

So it will not take as much time as you would think. Once up and running, during the first twelve months, the time commitment for Directors will be
•         Up to a maximum of two hours a week
•         A two hour board meeting once a month
It’s an opportunity for you too

You will have the opportunity to
•         Use your existing skills for the benefit of your community, and to acquire more skills
•         Get training on how to be a top-notch Director

You are not expected to be an expert. We welcome all people who are willing to give their time.


September update

Satellite Grant Scheme

The Satellite Grant Scheme, funded by the LCT, was launched in early May and closed on 31 July. It provided annual grants to individuals to subsidize satellite broadband (faster than current BT provision in this community). This is an interim solution while GDB continues to work with BT and fixed wireless network companies to establish a permanent one.
GDB had funding for 40 grants but only 9 applications were received and funded.
It is disappointing that take-up has been relatively low, given the reported importance of broadband to the community in recent surveys, and the undoubted benefits of satellite over BT for most parts of the community.

Fixed Wireless Network

This long-term solution would provide all our needs for speed and data capacity at a cost similar to that of other fibre cable options. The main fibre cable near each exchange is tapped into. Relay stations placed in identified locations to achieve line of sight send a signal is sent to a receiver on the outside of each subscriber’s property.
We began the tender process with three companies. One dropped out when it ceased trading in May.
The two remaining companies are finalising tender proposals. The final tenders are expected during September.

BT Fibre Cable

The Director of the HIE DSBB roll-out programme (government funded) and the Director of BT in the Highlands are still committing to end March 2018 for the Achnasheen green box. The more conservative estimate on the BT Open Reach website remains as the second half of 2018. The actual delivery date will only be clarified when OpenReach has done a detailed survey in Achnasheen this autumn.
Meanwhile GDB is working with the BT Community Fibre Partnership (BT CFP), BT’s Commercial arm, through the Director of BT in the Highlands.
BT CFP has produced an outline proposal for Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP) covering Little Garve to Aultguish and Gorstan to Achanalt. This would provide ultra-fast broadband to the large number of premises whose broadband is not improved by the Fibre-To-The-Cabinet (FTTC) installations in Garve (now live) and next year in Achnasheen.
BT CFP plan to undertake a site survey of these areas soon  and produce a final tender proposal in OctoberGDB will assess all three proposals against a set of criteria in September/October.

GDB Organisational update

GDB’s charitable status (SCIO)  was approved by OSCR in June 2017. The Trustees will shortly be seeking members. The GDB Trustees are Mark Dale, Moira Harris, Steve Jones (Chairman), Barry Peters and Jackie West.

Future Timetable

While dependent on the delivery of tender proposals and availability of GDB Trustees, the future timetable up to the end of the year looks broadly as follows:
-    Review wireless and fibre solutions and decide which one / combination is best for getting better broadband to all the community
-    Agree the solution and funding with the LCT
-    Engage widely and deeply with the community to enable them to understand the solutions being proposed and to encourage their take-up
-    Negotiate a contract with the chosen supplier
We would hope to agree a contract for the delivery of the chosen solution during 1Q 2018.