Registered Charity SC042070
Company No. SC289379
Tolsta Community Development Ltd was formed in 2005. It is a company limited by guarantee and is also a registered charity. It's trading subsidiary is Tolsta Power Ltd who owns and operates the community wind turbine. The turbine was commissioned in August 2013 and has been generating electricity into the national grid since then. Profits from the wind turbine are gift aided to Tolsta Community Development Ltd by Tolsta Power for disbursement to the local community through various grant applications.
The main objectives are to support the social, educational, cultural and environmental wellbeing of residents of Tolsta by the promotion of community development; provision of assistance to people who are disadvantaged by reasons of age, ill health, financial or other; to support the promotion of education, advancement of arts, culture and heritage and the support of recreational activiities for the community.
As well as providing grant funding, TCDL has purchased assets which are available for use by the community such as a 17 seater minibus, a marquee, barbecue and a portable games pitch.
TCDL has a polytunnel which provides a variety of vegetables and some bedding plants to the local shop, Buth Tholastaidh, which is also owned by TCDL but run as a separate business.
Visitors are also welcome to visit the polytunnel and buy directly from there.
This scheme is open to any resident or constituted community organisation in the Tolsta area which directly benefits the people of the Tolsta community and which fits with the charitable aims of TCDL. TCDL will also consider applications from vulnerable groups with direct connection to the villages of North Tolsta, New Tolsta and Glen Tolsta.
Tolsta householders over the age of 60 may apply for grant funding for minor housing works, ie roofing repairs, central heating repairs, plumbing, electrical, windows, guttering and external painting.
Financial assistance is available for residents from Tolsta who are attending a full time course in college or university in Stornoway or on the mainland. Students doing apprenticeships may also apply but will get funding for the first year only.
TCDL has a funding scheme to provide assistance for driving lessons It is open to applications from individuals in the Tolsta area.