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Burnhead Moss

27 July 2016

Organisations and community groups working to benefit people in Avonbridge & Standburn, Limerigg & Slamannan and Blackridge will soon be able to apply for grants from the first round of the Burnhead Moss Community Fund.

The community fund is provided by EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER), the owner and operator of the 26MW Burnhead Moss wind farm. EDF ER will provide £130,000 every year for the operating life of the wind farm to support charitable activity that will benefit people living in the three communities. The fund includes an area wide ‘Education and Training Fund’ that is allocated 20% of the overall annual sum and it has a dedicated sub fund for each area amounting to £34,666 in this first year.  Foundation Scotland, has been appointed by EDF ER to administer the community fund.

 The fund represents a significant amount of charitable income for Avonbridge & Standburn, Limerigg & Slamannan and Blackridge for at least the next 20 years. In the coming months there will be opportunities for residents to shape plans for how money could be distributed over these first few years. Alongside the longer term planning an interim grant scheme will soon open to give opportunities for local groups to benefit immediately from this exciting new resource for the area. Announcements about dates will be published in local newspapers. 

A spokesperson for Avonbridge and Standburn Community Council commented:"The wind-farm Fund offers fantastic long-term opportunities to cash-strapped community groups wanting to make a difference for people throughout our area. We are also delighted to have some of this money earmarked for local youngsters going into further education and training into work."

 "As a first point of contact, Avonbridge and Standburn Community Council has been helping to shape the overall scheme so far. Soon local people will be asked to contribute their views to help form a more detailed Community Plan, which will guide how the fund can best be applied to the needs of the area over the coming years. Please look out for meetings and questionnaires so that your voice can be heard."

 A spokesperson from the Limerigg Parent Council added: “We are really excited to be developing our own local community fund that can give a boost to the efforts of established community groups and perhaps even encourage more community activity. But we want to be sure we will use the money well so it’s important there’s a process of discussion and planning in the community. In Limerigg we’re looking forward to kicking this process off soon and then linking up with Slamannan who’ve recently done some community planning.”

 Linda Duckworth, Asset Manager at EDF Energy Renewables said “EDF ER has been working closely with a group of community representatives from the area since the start of the year.  I am extremely pleased with the progress we have made and am delighted that we will soon be opening the first round of grants.  The fund is capable of making a real difference to the local area and we will continue to work closely with the community and Foundation Scotland to achieve this.”

 

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