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Wind Farm Cash Boost

16 January 2013

Forgandenny Village Hall, at the hub of the small, Perthshire community, will receive a makeover this year thanks to a grant from RWE npower renewables’ Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund.

Forgandenny Village Hall’s management committee was awarded £1740 from the fund to enable them to upgrade their kitchen. Forgandenny Village Hall is just one of four community organisations to have benefitted from the £20,000 annual fund; the others being Glenfarg Village Hall, 14th Perthshire Scout Group and the 77th Perthshire Glenfarg Scout Group.

RWE npower renewables’ Lochelbank Wind Farm began operating in June 2010, and over its 25 year lifespan, will provide around £500,000 to be used by the community for local projects, organisations and groups.

Kathryn Harries, UK Community Investment Officer with RWE npower renewables said: “We are delighted our community funds can provide funding where it is most needed to really make a difference to the day-to-day life of the communities that neighbour our wind farms. The current economic climate has resulted in many charities and community groups struggling to access grant funding, which makes locally managed funds like these all the more valuable to communities. I encourage more groups based in Glenfarg and Bridge of Earn to apply to the Lochelbank Community Fund so they can also benefit.”

Foundation Scotland (formerly Scottish Community Foundation) was appointed by RWE npower renewables to manage the Lochelbank Community Fund in 2011. The Foundation works with the community to help local people decide how funds should be allocated. Using its grant making expertise, the Foundation works alongside communities to award grants, sometimes these meet an immediate need and others will have a lasting impact.

Rachel Searlle Mbullu, Head of Community Investment at Foundation Scotland said, “Village Halls are the hub of small rural communities, and it great to see the funds being used to help them upgrade their kitchens. This will enable the hall to extend its services, benefitting the community as a whole in the long term.

“The next deadline for applications to the Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund is 1st March 2013, and I would encourage other groups to submit an application.”

For more information on the Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund contact Foundation
Scotland on 0131 524 0300 or email Edinburgh@foundationscotland.org.uk

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