Funding Boost for Huntly Regeneration
Huntly and District Development Trust (HDDT) have received a grant award of £58,558 from the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund established by wind farm owner Vattenfall.
The grant will go towards the revitalisation of Number 30, The Square, a derelict space in the centre of Huntly which housed the former Cruickshank’s Department Store, transforming it into a vibrant multi-purpose community facility. The grant will contribute to the costs of the renovations.
In addition to safeguarding two iconic Grade B and C listed buildings, the project intends to develop a fully accessible and environmentally sustainable facility that can respond to community needs for the future. The building will house a cinema and lecture theatre with multi-events performance and conference space, a collaborative workshop space, co-working facilities, as well as a café and visitor information point.
Completing the renovations of Number 30, The Square will provide new services and opportunities for people living within the fund area. The project will lead to the creation of new training and employment prospects, support business development and sustainability, and provide a draw for visitors to the town. A substantial match funding package has already been secured, leveraging additional investment to the area.
“We are absolutely delighted that the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund has offered support to the Number 30 project which will make a huge difference to The Square, the heart of the community of Huntly and District. Alongside the national funds we have secured for the project, the backing of a significant local funder is a real boost to the Trust, and will help greatly in making the project a reality. We are very grateful to the funding panel that approved the grant. It is another tangible example of how the Fund is making Huntly and District a better place to live, work and visit."
Donald Boyd, HDDT’s General Manager
The Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund benefits the areas served by the Huntly, Strathbogie and Tap o’ Noth Community Councils and the Cabrach Community Association. The fund is managed on behalf of Vattenfall by Foundation Scotland, Scotland’s community foundation. Vattenfall donates over £185,000 (index-linked) into the fund every year for the lifespan of the wind farm. Decisions on grant awards are made by a panel of local people, drawn from the four areas the fund benefits.
“I am delighted that the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund panel have made this award to Huntly and District Development Trust. The project will deliver a lasting legacy for the communities within the Fund benefit area and provide new employment and education opportunities for future generations.”
Pete Kunz, Vattenfall’s Service Leader for the Clashindarroch Wind Farm
Over £90,000 was awarded across the last two rounds of funding with a total of 5 projects approved. Other local organisations receiving awards included Huntly ASDitude, Drumblade School Parent Council, Huntly Heritage and Bookshop Community, and Huntly Football Club.
The next deadline for grant applications is 3rd May, with decisions being made in June 2021.