Cash windfall joy for groups
Latest Drumderg funding announced
Three community organisations and local initiatives in the Alyth and Mount Blair community council areas have received a cash boost thanks to the Drumderg wind farm fund.
The latest round of funding has seen wind farm operator SSE Renewables award more than £14,000 to projects in the two communities.
SSE Renewables makes around £120,000 a year available for community and charitable projects through its community benefit fund.
In the past 10 years it has provided over £1.1 million to community projects and the fund is anticipated to invest an estimated £2.6million over its lifetime.
The fund is open to non-profit organisations, community groups and charities across the two community council areas which support the communities of Alyth and Mount Blair.
All the funding choices are made by a decision-making panel of local representatives.
The third round of funding for 2022 saw successful applications from Alyth Development Trust (ADT), Mount Blair Community Development Trust (MBCDT) and Alyth Lunch and Socialising Club.
ADT was awarded £10,000 towards the second stage of the redevelopment plan for Diamond Jubilee Park which aims to ensure the park becomes a wellused, accessible and fit for purpose amenity for residents and visitors.
MBCDT was awarded £3418 to repurpose the decommissioned phone box in Glenshee as a community library, the fourth local community phone box library in the area.
And Alyth Lunch and Socialising Club received £960 to provide members with a regular trips to engage in shopping, walking, social activities and refreshments.
Craig Mullen, SSE community investment manager, commented: “The panel is delighted to support more great projects in the Alyth and Mount Blair areas.
“SSE Renewables has been running the Drumderg fund since 2008 and it’s encouraging to see projects still coming through, promoting new initiatives and ways to support the community.”
The Drumderg fund can support projects in the Alyth and Mount Blair community council areas by groups looking to promote community spirit and bring people together; enhance quality of life and promote people’s wellbeing; and foster vibrant, sustainable communities.
The panel is still welcoming new applications from local community projects.
Although the deadline for the last round of funding in 2022 closed on Monday this week, applications for the next round in 2023 are expected to open early in the year.
Deadlines for applications are usually in February, May, August and October – with award decisions made the following month.
Groups can find out more about how to apply by visiting the SSE Renewables website, www.sserenewables.com.
Alternatively, call Craig on 01738 340621 or send an email to email@example.com.