Thirteen Local Groups Benefit from Wind Farm Community Fund

By bellmannews / March 30, 2021
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From KDP Windfarms administration –

Last month, funding worth a total of £24,332.59 was awarded to a range of local groups and projects in the area of benefit of the Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund.

RES, a leading independent renewable energy developer, established the Meikle Carewe Windfarm Community Benefit Fund to support local groups and projects. Funding is available for the benefit of not-for-profit groups and organisations in the Community Council areas of Crathes, Drumoak & Durris, Newtonhill, Muchalls & Cammachmore, North Kincardine Rural, Portlethen & District and Stonehaven & District.

Administered by Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP), applications to the fund are assessed by a decision-making panel made up of representatives from all five Community Council areas. The fund is available annually for the lifetime of the wind farm.

Successful applicants this round were: CrathesPublic Hall Trust – £464.51; Skateraw Hall – £2000; Maryculter Driving for the Disabled Group – £1400; Maryculter Woodlands Trust – £1118; Portlethen & District Voluntary Community Ambulance Association – £500; Panthers Basketball Club – £2480; Portlethen Paths Development Group – £2505.98; Rhythm Nation Dance Crews – £2750.47; Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool – £2095.02; Stonehaven Community Radio – £5000; 1297 Stonehaven Squadron Air Cadets – £1595.88; Stonehaven Horizon Group – £1635 and The Bellman – £787.73.

Unfortunately, this year there was no Awards Ceremony due to current restrictions. As a result of Covid, the Meikle Carewe Community Fund did not allocate grants in 2020. Instead, the fund is allocating twice in 2021. It will reopen on 1st July, with a closing date of 30th September, when the second allocation of funding will take place.

For more information please visit, www.kdp.scot or contact the KDP office on 07903 156864 and windfarms@kdp.scot

A thank you from The Bellman

The trustees of The Bellman SCIO were delighted to be successful in their application to the Meikle Carewe Fund. The amount awarded, £787.73, covers the running costs of the website for a year.

The Bellman was always intended to be a not-for-profit venture. But it does need to find a way to pay for itself – we need to cover the cost of the domain, site hosting, professional insurance and registration with Impress our regulator.

We had envisaged some advertising of the not popping up variety, but with the impact of the Covid pandemic on our local businesses, now does not feel like the right time to go bothering our local businesses. So the Meikle Carewe Fund gives us very welcome time to come up with a strategy to make The Bellman financially sustainable.