DUMFRIESSHIRE EAST COMMUNITY BENEFIT GROUP
NEW GRANT SCHEME LAUNCHED WITH COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUNDS FROM
EWE HILL WINDFARM
Five local groups in East Dumfriesshire have come together to form a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) which will receive and distribute community benefit funds from ScottishPower Renewables’ Ewe Hill Windfarm above Langholm. At the inaugural meeting of Dumfriesshire East Community Benefit Group (DEBCG), an
agreement was signed between DECBG and ScottishPower Renewables, which will see the charity receiving approx £69k from the Ewe Hill 6 Fund and approx £184k from the Ewe Hill 16 Fund annually, for distribution to worthwhile community projects.
DECBG Chair, Dr Chris Miles, said he was delighted that funds were now available to support large and small projects which would benefit people and their communities in south Annandale and Eskdale and he looked forward to seeing the first applications coming forward.
“It is great that funds can now be made available to deliver real benefits to local communities as a result of the successful construction and commissioning of the Ewe Hill Windfarm” said Siobhan McLaughlin on behalf of ScottishPower Renewables (SPR).
Administration of the Ewe Hill 16 Fund is being provided by the Southern Uplands Partnership (SUP) and details of the application process and guidance documents are available on the SUP website www.sup.org.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 01750 725154.
The Ewe Hill 16 Fund is open to applications from a wide area including Eskdalemuir, Lockerbie, Canonbie and Gretna. All eligible Community Councils will be contacted by DECBG and are encouraged to share the contact details with their communities.
4th Funding Round
The fourth funding round is now open until 31 July 2019 and decisions on these applications will be made by the Trustees of DECBG at a meeting in September 2019.
The Ewe Hill 6 Fund is open to projects that will benefit the communities of Corrie, Hutton and Boreland, Langholm, Ewes and Westerkirk, Middlebie and Waterbeck and Tundergarth and surrounding areas. Contact details to apply to this Fund are available from www.sup.org.uk or by emailing email@example.com.
Pip Tabor, Partnership Manager of SUP, was delighted to be working with DECBG to provide funding to support strategic projects that will benefit the area and he urged people with ambitious plans to consider applying. “This fund could make a real and lasting difference to the rural communities of East Dumfriesshire” he said.
[Updated April 5th 2019]