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24 organisations carrying out a range of local projects in South West Fermanagh and Cavan have received funding totalling £50,000 from the Slieve Rushen Wind Farm Fund. The fund awards grants to community projects located within a 12km radius of the wind farm. Mantlin Ltd, owners of the Slieve Rushen Wind Farm, launched the community fund in April this year to provide the local community with access to financial support, administered by the Fermanagh Trust.
(L-R) Paul Melanaphy Kinawley Community Hall Association, Angela Lynam Kindertee Community Playgroup, Ita Jordan Principal St Mary’s PS Teemore, Katrina Kane Eco School’s Coordinator, Mary Drumm Teemore GFC and Lauri McCusker Director of the Fermanagh Trust
A wide range of locally based organisations have been supported this year. Initiatives receiving funding include community playgroups, sports clubs, schools, community associations, art, music and drama groups. The funding awarded will be used for coaching and tuition sessions; development of community centres including disability access; storage and external lighting; outdoor classrooms; equipment costs; arts and crafts programmes; bicycle shelter; development of pitches and running tracks; publication costs and solar panel installation.
Projects awarded include Kinawley Community Hall who have received funding to support the development of the first floor of the community centre, providing disability access and increased storage. Teemore Football Club have received funding to improve their running track, fencing and LED lighting. A number of groups in Derrylin village have also received funding including Kindertee Playgroup, Tiny Tots Parent and Toddler Group, St Ninnidh’s Community Centre, St Aidan’s PTFA and the Erne Boxing Club.
Lauri McCusker Director of the Fermanagh Trust, Ita Jordan Principal St Mary’s PS Teemore and Katrina Kane Eco Schools Coordinator
Paul Melanaphy Kinawley Community Hall Association and Lauri McCukser Director of the Fermanagh Trust
Mantlin Ltd Director, Adrien Pinsard said “It is a pleasure to award funding to these fantastic initiatives in the South West Fermanagh area and it is wonderful to see such a range of community and educational based activity taking place. It is once again a proven track record of the community benefit wind farms can bring. The Slieve Rushen Wind Farm Fund is helping to make a positive contribution to the work of all these organisations and the wider community.”
Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust which administers the fund added ‘’The Slieve Rushen Windfarm Fund is an excellent opportunity for the local community to access funding which will benefit so many community activities. It’s an amazing area with so much happening in terms of the arts, sport, educational and environment initiatives, its wonderful for the Fermanagh Trust to work with Mantlin Ltd to support this community endeavour.’’
Lauri McCusker Director of the Fermanagh Trust and Angela Lynam Kindertee Community Playgroup
Damien Coleman Teemore GFC, Lauri McCusker Director of the Fermanagh Trust and Mary Drumm Teemore GFC
The fund will open for applications again next year. Priorities for the fund and applications process for the 2018 grants will be announced early in the New Year. For more information CLICK HERE