Time running out for benefit fund applications

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Time is running out for applications to the Tullo Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund for this year.

The Mearns Area Partnership, which administers The Community Benefit Fund on behalf of The Tullo Wind Farm, is calling for applications for the next funding round that will see local groups benefit from a share in the £18,300 community fund.

Applicants have until the end of January to submit the online form which can be accessed on both the Tullo Wind Farm website and the Mearns Area Partnership website.

Applications will be assessed for suitability by a panel made up of representatives from The Mearns Area Partnership, Kincardine and Mearns Area Partnership and representatives from Arbuthnott, Mearns and Benholm and Johnshaven Community Councils.

The fund is aimed at backing community and voluntary organisations that support children, young people and the vulnerable under the areas of sustainability, health, education, heritage, regeneration, and environmental. Examples of projects, which received funding last year, include Scouts and Guides groups, local primary schools, village halls and sports groups.

The boundary area for the fund is the community council areas of Arburthnott, Benholm & Johnshaven, Gourdon, Inverbervie, Mearns and St Cyrus.

Susie Brown from Mearns Area Partnership commented: “The fund has been in operation for two years and it has made a significant difference to a large number of groups. Eneco is very clear that the funding should go to local, deserving groups and we are pleased to be able to facilitate this on Tullo Wind Farm’s behalf.”

Tullo Wind Farm is owned by the Dutch energy company, Eneco.

Eneco’s Head of Public Relations, Zoisa Walton, added: “The Tullo Wind Farm Community Fund is a great example of corporate and community working together to build a more sustainable future for local residents. We are very proud to be a part of this success.”