Share of £23,000 raised by local groups from EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm community fund with deadlines for next bids for Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon, Strathpeffer and Contin pots revealed

David Genney

Community groups in Ross-shire have benefited from the recent EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm community fund awards round.

Over £23,000 has been awarded to a wide range of local groups who will support community activities and help people reconnect after the pandemic.

Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon Fund awards £4,500 grant to Fairburn Memorial

Hall volunteers to organize a program of outdoor, healthy and creative activities for children and adults to improve well-being.

Building on the success of a similar project last year, it will help people in the region to become active and creative and, above all, to come together. Local children will also benefit from the Marybank Primary School Parent Council project, which has been awarded £3,443 to fund trips and outdoor activities allowing local children to experience local nature and heritage, provide social opportunities and to promote post-covid well-being. The Scatwell Community Association received a prize of £850 to buy equipment for community events.

On a similar theme, the Contin Community Fund has given £1,760 to Contin, Jamestown and Tarvie Projects to organize local events and outings to bring people together and encourage them to get out and about again.

The Contin Fund has also awarded £1,010 to Highland Trail Riders to buy a tool shop that will help volunteers maintain local mountain bike trails, £1,200 to the Contin Community Council to produce the Contin newsletter Post and £2,995 to the Contin Community Trust to purchase equipment. for the new hall as a dishwasher.

The Strathpeffer Fund is also helping to support community activity with a grant of £1,411 to the Strathpeffer & District Community Rowing Club to help build a new Ness Yoal boat for community rowing and sailing, a price of 3 £498 to the Strathpeffer Indoor Bowling Club for two new bowling mats and a £3,000 contribution to the Strathpeffer Residents Association towards the cost of creating a network of pathways in the community park.

The Strathpeffer Fund has previously supported the Community Park, a major local project, with funding to help with drainage works and, most recently, a £2,558 prize to buy a storage container. The container is now on site and helping local volunteers carry out their work.

Local volunteer Dave Genney said, “The park has enormous potential, but it needs a lot of loving care from our incredible and growing team of volunteers. The shed makes a huge difference to the growing group of volunteers at Strathpeffer Community Park by providing secure and accessible on-site storage for our gear.

“It is already becoming a social focal point for our events, such as tree planting and volunteer meetings. We have surrounded the shed with willow which will eventually help the shed blend into our growing native forest. Funding for the wind farm also raised an additional £2.5k from the Nature Restoration Fund because we were able to demonstrate that we had secure storage for equipment purchased through this fund.So a double win .

The Fund is funded by EDF Renouvelables. EDF Renewables, Director of Asset Operations, Piero Maggio, said: “As we head into better weather, it’s great to see our funds supporting so many outside initiatives in and around our park developments. wind turbines. Engaging with so many worthy local projects and groups gives us great pleasure and we always love to hear how our funds are benefiting people locally.

EDF Renouvelables finances several community aid funds in the region of the Corriemoillie wind farm. Groups working to benefit people in the Contin Community Council area can apply for grants of up to £3,000 from the Contin Fund.

The next application deadline is August 29, 2022.

Full details are available on the Fund’s website


The next deadline for the Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon Fund is August 15. Groups working to benefit people in the Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon Community Council area can apply for up to £5,000 from the Fund.

The Strathpeffer Fund deadline is 12 September


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