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A’Chruach Community Wind Farm distributes £61,000

22 November 2016

Seven community organisations are celebrating receiving a grant from the newly established A’Chruach Community Wind Farm. In total £61,000 has been awarded in the first round including two organisations receiving awards for strategic projects that will benefit from funding over two and three years.

The fund was established to support community-led activity that is strategic, positive and creative and improves the communities of West Loch Fyne, Dunadd and Lochgilphead.

Lochgair Association received £12,500 to repair and widen the footbridge over Eas Dubh burn to make it wheelchair accessible. In fact improving local assets and services of all kinds was a common theme. Blarbuie Woodland Enterprises received £14,000 to contribute to the salary of a part time development worker who will promote Blarbuie’s services and facilities and help make it a thriving and sustainable woodland.

Kilmartin Museum received £5,000 to engage the community in an excavation project which will explore and celebrate the history of Carnasserie Castle.

Minard Community Trust was awarded £5,000 to refurbish the local shop which they currently own, in the hope that it will be an attractive proposition to any successive shop keeper and help keep this critical community service.

Other groups to benefit included Befrienders, Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation and Heads Up.

Decisions were made by the Panel of local representatives from the benefiting communities of Dunadd, West Loch Fyne and Lochgilphead. One Panel member said,
“We were pleased to see a diverse range of applications from across the three communities that will benefit all age groups and abilities.” Another added, “We hope the enthusiasm continues for the next round of applications.”

A spokesperson for Infinis Wind Farm Ltd the owner of the Wind Farm added, “This first round of applications demonstrated very convincingly that there will be a pipeline of strong projects for the A’Chruach fund to help deliver the three community plans that local people generously contributed to during the latter part of 2015/early 2016. Foundation Scotland is looking forward to receiving applications to the second round.”

There will be some modest changes to the application and guidance material which will be available from 1 December online at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/achruach where you can also find out more about the Fund.

 

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