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Ventient Energy Galawhisle Community Fund

Local Groups Share in Wind Farm Cash

Seven groups from the Coalburn and Douglas area are celebrating after receiving grants from the recently established Galawhistle Wind Farm Community Fund. In total over £48,000 has been awarded in the first funding round.

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society received £5,990 to supply and install 12 laptops for a community training programme to upskill local people and help them back into the world of work.

This project will be complemented by an award of £8,452 to Skills Exchange Scotland who will use the funding to establish weekly job clubs in Coalburn and in Douglas, to help built job searching skills and digital awareness among those who are looking for work.

Meanwhile £9,340 was awarded to Douglasdale Real Group to purchase an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and a winch kit for path maintenance. The ATV will enable the group to maintain and care for the local environment whilst ensuring ongoing access for the local community.

Other beneficiaries included: Coalburn IOR pipe band, Glespin Community Group, 1st Douglas Brownies and 1st Douglas Rainbows.

The Fund is administered by grant-making charity Foundation Scotland, with decisions on awards made by a Panel of local people drawn from the communities of Coalburn, Douglas and Glespin.

Tom Black, Community Engagement Manager at Foundation Scotland, said “The Fund has made some significant awards in this first round of funding and in particular is addressing the priorities identified in the Community Action Plans for Coalburn, Douglas and Glespin, published last year.”

The Fund is provided by Ventient Energy, the owner of the Galawhistle Wind Farm. Ventient Energy will provide a minimum £120,000 per annum over the life time of the wind farm.

The Fund supports projects that benefit those living in Douglas, Glespin or Coalburn, or any combination of those communities, providing grants of between £500 and £20,000



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