Community projects within a 10km radius of the An Suidhe Wind Farm could take advantage of the £28,000 in RWE npower renewables’ An Suidhe Community Fund if they apply by the deadline date of 30 November 2012.
The community fund, which has already invested nearly £60,000 in a number of community projects over the past two years, is run on behalf of RWE npower renewables by the Scottish Community Foundation (SCF). SCF provide administrative support and guidance to a local grants panel that make decisions on awards from the fund.
Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Community Investment at SCF, recognises the importance of the local grants panel: “The decision about how the funding is spent is made by the people that know the community best. I look forward to seeing a number of deserving causes benefiting from the fund in 2013.”
This year more than £27,000 has been handed out to seven deserving groups, charities and projects in Furnace, Inverary, Glenorchy, Dalavich and Innishail (Eredine) areas including funding the cost of installing play equipment in Dalavich; funding maintenance of the Leacainn Walk in Furnace and providing new waymarkers; and funding the maintenance of memorials in Kilmalieu Cemetery in Inverary and the installation of a new memorial plaque. The Loch Awe Safety Company also received a grant to support the purchase of thermal imaging equipment that can be deployed in case of emergency by trained volunteers and emergency services.
Ian McKinnon of LASC said: “Although very picturesque, Loch Awe is deep, dark and cold and the thermal imaging equipment we were able to buy with RWE npower renewable’s funding will undoubtedly save lives.”
Katy Woodington from RWE npower renewables said: “Our community investment funds provide a valuable, long term, sustainable source of income that is flexible and can therefore address what is important to those communities that border our wind farms. We are delighted to see this funding continue to make a difference in the communities surrounding An Suidhe Wind Farm.”
Grants are available for £200 - £7,000. For an application form, please visit the SCF’s website: www.scottishcf.org; telephone 0141 341 4960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
A Micro Grant scheme is in operation for applications for under £200. To access this fund write directly to the Secretary of Furnace, Inverary, Glenorchy and Innishail Community Councils and Dalavich Improvement Group.
Louise Fyfe, RWE npower renewables
PR Officer, Scotland
T: 08450 71 77 20