The An Suidhe Wind Farm Community Fund is now open for applications from the 7th of October 2011 with an initial deadline of 7th November 2011. The Fund which will benefit the communities of Inveraray, Furnace, Eredine and Dalavich and their surrounding areas providing they fall within 10 kilometres of the An Suidhe Wind Farm.
For the next 25 years, RWE npower renewables will award £28,500 annually to the An Suidhe Wind Farm Community Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to support activities that will enhance quality of life and promote people’s well-being; bring people together; and, foster vibrant, sustainable communities.
The Scottish Community Foundation, a grant-making charity, will process applications from constituted community groups, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities. An advisory panel made up of local residents and representatives from the areas will meet regularly each year to make decisions.
Applications for grants of up to between £250- £7,000 are welcomed; additionally smaller awards of less than £250 can be made through a ‘micro’ grants scheme administered by each of the 3 Community Councils serving the area. Forms and guidelines will be available direct from each Community Council and will also be available on the Scottish Community Foundation website.
Nick Addington, Grants Director at the Scottish Community Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to be able to accept applications to the An Suidhe Wind Farm Community Fund and would encourage local groups to apply. Grants of up to £7,000 will be available, but groups must apply ahead of the 7th November deadline.”
Kathryn Harries, UK Community Investment Officer at RWE npower renewables added: “Supporting the communities that surround our developments is an integral part of our business. We’re delighted the An Suidhe Wind Farm Fund has been launched and we look forward to seeing how the local representatives on the advisory panel decide to spend the fund over the coming months.”
For more information on the Scottish Community Foundation contact Helen Wray, Senior Grants Officer on 0141 225 6670