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The Callagheen Wind Farm Fund, administered and managed by the Fermanagh Trust is open for applications. The fund was set up by Callagheen Wind Farm Ltd in conjunction with Scottish Power Renewables and awards grants to community projects within 7km of the wind farm, which is located between Belleek and Garrison.
Proposals will be accepted from all aspects of community life – economic, social and educational. However, preference will be given to proposals that have an environmental theme and/or are linked to sustainable local activities and have a positive impact on the local community.
Earlier this year the fund supported a wide range of projects in North West Fermanagh. Those awarded grants included St Martin’s Primary School who used their funding towards their ‘Secret Garden Project’ to enhance children’s awareness and appreciation of woodland and the seasons. Belleek Primary School’s grant went towards a new school piano. Their choir entertains the community at a range of events throughout the year often joining with other local schools in the area to sing in the village. 1st Belleek Brownies received resources for their ‘Getting Active Through Fun Games’ project. Similarly Garrison Community Group used their funding towards a Summer Youth Activities Programme.
Cashel Community Association who provide social and educational activities for the local community received support towards renovation work at their centre. Little Smarties Pre-School Garrison used their grant for resources and equipment to help deliver a range of projects. Cashel Senior Citizen’s Club received funding towards the hire of transport allowing their members to attend a wider range of activities and meetings while Garrison Women’s Group used their grant towards a programme of promoting social inclusion for women of all ages.
Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust emphasised the opportunity which exists for groups and initiatives in Garrison, Cashel and Belleek, saying “The Callagheen Wind Farm Fund will provide financial support to carry out work which will make a real contribution to people’s lives in the area. Previously the Fund has helped develop the work of a range of community and educational based activity. It is a proven record of the community benefit wind farms can bring.”
For more information or to download an application form CLICK HERE. Closing date is Friday 20th November.