To date there has been just one application to this scheme which was approved in 2018. The building work and adaptations to the home concerned have now been completed and the family report the vastly improved living conditions which have resulted.

Applications from other applicants can still be considered.   Up to £50,000 has been earmarked by the Trust from the funds received from Corriegarth Windfarm for relieving medical distress up to November 2019.

The purpose of the fund is to provide grant or loan assistance to individuals and families affected by severe medical conditions to adapt their homes to allow them to continue to live in Stratherrick and Foyers when public funding is not available for all the costs which would allow them to do so.

If you would like to discuss this scheme, please contact the Project Coordinator on 07525 120966.  Application forms are not issued prior to initial discussions with the prospective applicants.  Any application or enquiry is dealt with sensitively. If an award of loan or grant is made under this scheme, the name of the applicant and the sum approved will be made public.

Here are some more details of the scheme –

This specific discretionary grant and loan scheme which is open for application by any local resident who finds themselves in medical distress.  The Board recognises that whilst some public funding from the National Health Service and Highland Council is available to alleviate medical distress, there are instances where measures to help individuals and households are not within the scope of NHS / Highland Council schemes, or where financial limits on NHS /HC schemes are too low to fully fund individual projects which alleviate suffering.

Whilst the following list is not prescriptive, the Board will consider applications for costs for the following types of project

  • Structural adaptation or extension of existing domestic properties to improve the living conditions of an individual, but only beyond any limits set by Highland Council or Highland Health Board grant schemes.
  • The purchase and installation of specific medical or mobility aids beyond those available from Highland Health Board / Highland Council, where applications to the bodies have been declined or where the funding offered by them is insufficient to meet the household’s needs.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the all four of the following criteria

  • The Applicant’s main residence must be in Stratherrick and Foyers. (Priority will be given to applicants that have been resident in Stratherrick and Foyers for two years prior to application.)
  • The Applicant must be the home owner. (This scheme is not available to tenants or other tenures.)
  • Applicants must have a diagnosed medical condition which requires adaptation of their home, in excess of the statutory remit of the Highland Council and Highland Health Board.
  • Applicants must show that all possible public funding opportunities have been accessed to the maximum extent possible.

In addition, applicants must agree to the following requirements

  • Applicants must agree to disclose their financial situation, savings and earnings in full.
  • Applicants must provide all medical information requested in support of their application. This will include a specific reference from a General Practitioner.

Please note that whist all applications and associated financial and medical information will remain confidential, grant approvals from this fund will be reported by Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust.  If an award is made, the name of the applicant and the sum approved will be made public.

Scheme Limits

  • The scheme will run for two years commencing 8th November 2017 subject to funds being available.
  • The minimum grant available will be £500 per applicant / household.
  • The maximum grant available will be £30,000 per applicant / household.
  • Eligible costs will be restricted to items which have a positive medical impact. Decorative or unnecessarily ornate elements will not be supported.