During the pre-application consultations GreenPower held with the local communities regarding the development of Carraig Gheal Wind Farm, GreenPower agreed to put in place a community benefit fund that would be available to the communities surrounding the wind farm. GreenPower makes contributions to the fund twice yearly in April and October totalling £46,000 per annum.
The Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit fund is divided between two funding schemes; a micro grant scheme with awards of grants up to £250 available to individuals, constituted and non-constituted groups and the main grant scheme with awards of up to £7,000 available to constituted groups only. The two grant schemes are administered and managed by GreenPower. All grant application enquiries should be directed to Shona Harcus at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shona issues all application forms, receives all completed applications and is there to provide any guidance on the application process as necessary.
The Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Steering Group meets at least twice a year to decide which of the main grant applications will be funded. The group is made up from members of the five community council areas bordering the wind farm. These community council areas are Avich & Kilchrenan, Taynuilt, Glenorchy & Innishail, Kilinver & Kilmelford and Kilmore.
The current round of funding has now closed and will re-open again later in the year, further information will follow