Wind farm fund delivers latest grants

The Avant Gardeners received a grant of over £3,000 for the provision of topsoil for their polytunnel in the last round of funding.

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More than £30,000 has been awarded as part of the latest batch of grants from the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

And more good news is that applications are now open for the next lot with a closing date of July 31 this year.

Out of eight bids made for the most recent funding round, all were approved.

The successful applications came from Kilninver and Kilmelford Community Council for replacement batteries and pads for three
defibrillators, Dalavich Improvement Group wanted replacement doors and Kilchrenan Village Hall needed help to paint its inside.

Taynuilt Village Hall got help to resurface its floor and stage, Portsonachan Village Hall will be able to pay for vital electrical repairs and funding means Kilmore and Kilbride Public Hall Committee can upgrade the hall’s doors and windows.

The Avant Gardeners got support to buy topsoil for their polytunnel  beds and Friends of Kilbride will put its grant towards stabilising the west gable at Kilbride Church  making it safe for visitors.

The Fund’s Steering Group has welcomed new member David Millward who is the public member representing the Kilninver and Kilmelford Community Council area.

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit fund is divided between two funding schemes,one with awards of grants up to £500 for individuals, constituted and non-constituted groups and then the  main grant scheme with awards of up to £7,000 available to only constituted groups.

The £500 limit for micro-grants is a temporary increase from £250 for 2019/20.

The Fund covers the Avich and Kilchrenan, Taynuilt, Glenorchy and  Innishail, Kilinver and  Kilmelford with Kilmore Community Council areas.

Email Jennie Cowley at for application forms.