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Community Groups receive share of £100,000 community benefit fund.

20 May 2013

Over 30 community groups have received a share of over £100,000 in grants from the Clyde (Dumfries and Galloway) Wind Farm Community Fund. 

From community buildings, to sports kits to local events, the variety of submissions was very encouraging. Successful applications included £8,000 to create disabled access to church hall in Sanquhar, £12,000 to create a new outdoor play area in Johnstonebridge, and £12,000 to refurbish the toilets in the Kirmichael Hall.

Foundation Scotland’s Rachel Searle Mbullu said: “It’s great that once again over £100,000 from the Clyde (Dumfries and Galloway) community fund has been distributed. We are delighted at the quality of applications and are pleased to be helping community projects move forward. The next funding deadline is 28 June this year and we are keen to see the good work continue. These funds can make a real difference where it’s needed the most.

She continues,” The panel also received detailed submissions for some larger scale projects in some of the areas, and for which final decisions will be made later in May. These submissions means that the fund is closed to groups in Carronbridge, Closeburn, Durisdeer, Kirkpatrick Juxta and Moffat until 2014. Funding remains available though for Johnstone, Kirkmichael, Kirkonnel and Kelloholm, Royal Burgh of Sanquhar, Wanlockhead and Wamphray”

Foundation Scotland manages the fund on Scottish Hydro’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.

The operating life of the wind farm is expected to be 25 years with an annual fund value of £139,840. Over the wind farm’s lifespan at least £3.5 million will be invested in the area.

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For further information please contact:
Jacqui Morris

0141 341 4963

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. There is a further deadlines for applications to the Clyde (Dumfries and Galloway) Community Fund during 2012 on 28 June. Applications between £250 to £12,000 are welcomed. Larger grants will be considered where a strong case for support can be demonstrated.

3. 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.

4. Application Forms and Guidelines are available from Foundation Scotland website


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