Windfall cash opportunity from windfarm schemes

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Eastwood community groups can now apply for a sizeable cash grant from the new East Renfrewshire Renewable Energy Fund.

More than £180,000 is available in its first year, made up from income from both Whitelee Wind Farm and Middleton Windfarm.

Created by East Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Power Renewables, the fund is primarily targeted at projects that have the potential to achieve substantial long term benefits for communities in East Renfrewshire and that have a minimum cost of £20,000.

Councillor Elaine Green, who will chair the funding panel, said: “The original Whitelee fund has invested more than £1.5m in community projects since 2010, with projects including Greenbank Parish Church, Eaglesham and Waterfoot Community Development Trust, Busby Nursery and Neilston War Memorial Association all benefiting. We would urge groups across East Renfrewshire to look at the criteria and to apply.”

Kenny Peberdy, UK Director for ScottishPower Renewables, added: “We’re very pleased to be continuing to support projects in East Renfrewshire and very much see ourselves as part of the local community. The fund provides a great opportunity to support community groups and we aim is to help as many projects as we can over the coming years.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 2016 2 and full details and an application form are available at http://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/article/1551/East-Renfrewshire-Renewable-Energy-Fund.

The funds will be awarded by an independent panel of three councillors and the chief executive of Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire.