Wind farm fund now open

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Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is open again for the next round of funding for grants of up to £7,000.

The closing date is July 31, so there’s plenty of time for applications to be submitted.

Since the inception of the fund in October 2013, £210,500 has been paid into the fund by GreenPower, benefiting 67 local projects as of March 2018.

The main grant scheme awards amounts up to £7,000 to constituted groups, such as the restoration projects for Bridge of Orchy Hall which received three grants of £7,000 each and St Conan’s Kirk which was awarded £14,000 to repair the clan stalls and library.

The micro grant scheme awards grants of up to £250 to individuals, constituted and non-constituted groups. Past beneficiaries include Dalavich OAP Christmas Party, Kilchrenan Art Group and Kilninford Newsletter covering Arduaine, Kilmelford and Kilninver.

The steering group meets at least twice a year to decide which of the main grant applications will be funded and is made up of members from the five community council areas bordering the wind farm. It is also looking for a new representative from Taynuilt Community Council and a public member from the Glenorchy and Innishail Community Council area.

Community councils are responsible for the allocation of micro grants to projects.

Forms can be obtained by emailing shona@greenpowerinternational.com
and there’s further details on the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm website. Micro grants of up to £250 can be applied for at any time by contacting Shona.