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100K cash boost for local charities!

10 March 2014

Nineteen community groups are set to receive a share of over £100,000 in grants from the Clyde (Dumfries and Galloway) Community Fund which is provided by SSE, the developer of the Clyde Wind Farm.

Upper Nithsdale Wheels Appeal has been awarded £2500 to continue to provide a door to door bus service for some of the more vulnerable residents in the area. Janice Hamilton, the charity’s Treasurer who also works at the local day centre for older people said: “This funding is so important as it will allow us to continue to help elderly and disabled residents remain active in the communities where they live, so they can socialise, engage in fun activities and enjoy friendships with other local people.”

Other successful applicants in this round include Durisdeer Village Committee which has been awarded £71,274 to carry out essential upgrades and build new facilities in the community hall and Wanlockhead Museum Trust which has been awarded £3000 to help pay for two new exhibits to engage younger audiences.

Foundation Scotland’s community representative Cara Gillespie said, “It’s great to see funds being awarded to a diverse range of community groups and organisations that are working hard to promote community spirit and improve local services and facilities. We look forward to receiving applications from equally valuable local projects for the next Fund deadline of 14th April.”

The Fund is estimated to distribute at least £139, 840 per annum for the operating life time of the wind farm, which is expected to be 25 years.

Ciara Wilson, from SSE’s Community Benefit team, said: “We are delighted that the fund continues to be received so well within the community. The awards made are a reflection of the wealth of excellent community projects in the local area and demonstrate the very real local benefits of wind energy.”

Foundation Scotland manages the fund on SSE’s behalf. The Foundation’s role is to work with communities, administering grant rounds, assessing applications and supporting the local Panel in its decision making role. Using its grant making expertise, the Foundation helps communities grant awards, with emphasis on making a lasting impact.

For a full list of all the awards in this round, and for application forms and guidelines click here.

Notes to Editors

About SSE
SSE, better known to customers through our Scottish brand name Scottish Hydro, is a leading FTSE 100 utility company, operating mainly in the UK and Ireland with around 19,500 employees and 10 million customer accounts for electricity, gas and other home services. As a Scottish owned company, headquartered in Perth, Scotland, we are the broadest based energy company in the UK, with interests in electricity and gas production, distribution, supply and services.

Our core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way and since 2010, we have invested around £1.7 billion in Scotland and the UK as a whole in order to achieve this aim.

About Clyde Wind Farm
Clyde, one of Europe's biggest single consented wind farms, is located between Biggar and Moffat in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The site is divided by the M74 running between Abington, Elvanfoot and Crawford.

Clyde (Dumfries and Galloway) Community Fund Information
1. The Fund aims to promote community spirit and bring people together; enhance quality of life and promote people’s well-being; and foster vibrant, sustainable communities. Groups and organisations matching these purposes and providing public benefit to people living in the area may apply for a grant award.
2. A micro-grants scheme is available for applications under £250; applications to the micro-grants can be made in writing directly to the secretary of the relevant Community Council in your area.

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