Westfield Wind Farm Community Fund: a continued programme of support
The Ventient Energy Westfield Wind Farm Community Fund has had another impactful round of funding, supporting even more community projects benefiting residents of the Cardenden Community Council area.
The Ventient Energy Westfield Wind Farm Community Fund (Cardenden), which is provided by wind farm owners Ventient Energy and administered by Foundation Scotland, launched in 2014. Since then, the Fund has provided 98 grants through the main grant making scheme.
All awards are determined by a panel of residents from the Fund area. The Westfield Cardenden Panel Members use their local knowledge and passion to ensure that awards are making a direct impact in the community. In the latest funding round in October 2023, the Panel awarded just over £4,000 to three projects which will provide benefits across the area.
Awards included £1,450 to Ore Valley Tenants Association, to enhance the wellbeing of tenants by making improvements to the communal garden and providing a Christmas party to the residents.
A second award of £1,692 was made to Auchterderran Kinglassie Parish Church. This award contributed to the project cost of installing a partition wall to create a private meeting space, helping to ensure that residents benefit from confidential advice and support services that are available at the Community Drop-in sessions.
Finally, Bowhill Rovers A.F.C. received an award of £1,000 to enable the Club to purchase a new lawnmower, which will ensure they can maintain the grounds in good order. This will support the club with maintaining their profile and reputation.
These three awards will have positive environmental, health, wellbeing and cultural impacts for the local area, illustrating the breadth of impact that the Fund has continued to provide for the local community.
A resident from Ore Valley Tenants Association, said:
“We are grateful for the funding received from Westfield (Cardenden) and Foundation Scotland and we were able to use this to empower us to enhance our communal garden. Allowing us to get a stronger sense of community and environmental stewardship. In addition to cultivating our communal garden, the funding from has allowed us to organise an unforgettable Christmas party in 2023, bringing joy to our tenants during the festive season.”
Grants of up to £2,000 are available again in 2024, with the next application deadline on 8th March. If you have a constituted community group and or charity, located within the Cardenden Community Council area and would like to apply for the next round of funding, Please see the Ventient Energy Westfield Farm Community Fund (Cardenden) page for further details.