Welcome to Upper Nithsdale Community Trust website

“UNCT is delighted that the fund has been able to support so many community organisations that benefit the residents of Upper Nithsdale and with the excellent take up of financial support offered by the Whiteside Hill Education and Training Fund to date. We wish everyone who has received an educational bursary the very best of luck with their studies.”

Matt Lammie and Norman Burns

Upper Nithsdale Community Trust (UNCT)

A Deed of Trust was set up and signed on the 6th day of July 2007

and agreed between the two Community Councils of, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel and the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar and District, a copy of this trust is attached on this site. The membership of the Upper Nithsdale Community Trust is, chairman, vice chairman and secretary of both Community Councils in Kelloholm/Kirkconnel and Sanquhar.

The purpose of the Trust is to support and promote within the area coming within the jurisdiction of Sanquhar and District Community Council and Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Community Council the following causes: charitable, educational, community environmental, renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable development and general community amenity schemes or projects and that whether capital or revenue.

In November 2018 the Upper Nithsdale Community Trust started awarding grants from the windfarms on the hills surround the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel. The funding had been negotiated with the windfarm developers and is £5,000 per Megawatt. Details of the agreements with the windfarm developers is included as an attachment to this site. The funds are to shared equally between the two communities.