15 Local Groups Benefit from Wind Farm Fund

Funding worth a total of £24,375 was handed out to a range of local groups and projects at the Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund Awards on Thursday night, at the Bettridge Centre Newtonhill.

All 15 groups attended to receive funding to support a wide range of projects and groups in the area of benefit.

RES (Renewable Energy Systems), established the Meikle Carewe Community Benefit Fund to support local groups and projects. Funding is available for the benefit of the communities living in the Community Council areas of Crathes, Drumoak and Durris; Newtonhill, Muchalls & Cammachmore; North Kincardine Rural; Portlethen and District; Stonehaven & District.

Administered by Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP), applications to the fund are assessed by a decision making panel made up of representatives from all five Community Council areas. The fund is available annually for the lifetime of the wind farm.

Successful applicants this round included Stonehaven Business Association, for support towards the cost of reprinting their Walking Maps and Coastal Gem Brochure, 1st Drumoak Scouts for equipment to set up a new group in the area and the Bettridge Centre for the purchase of new Soft Play equipment.

Groups were delighted to receive their awards and certificates, presented by Councillor Carl Nelson and KDP Chairperson, Paul Melling, sharing information on how it will help their group.