Funding available for Brookeborough community groups from the Teiges Mountain Wind Farm Fund

 

The Teiges Mountain Wind Farm Fund is open again for applications. Energia, the owners of the Teiges Mountain Wind Farm, set up the fund in 2017 to ensure that the wind farm, whilst having environmental benefits, will also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community.


Administered by the Fermanagh Trust, County Fermanagh’s community foundation, the Teiges Mountain Wind Farm Fund will be available to community projects within 5k of the wind farm. Small one off grants will be available for various activities up to a maximum of £2000. Grants over a 1-3 year period for longer strategic programmes involving a number of organisations are also available.

 


Previous recipients of the Teiges Mountain Wind Farm Fund include Knocks Drama Group who used their grant for equipment costs


Last year grants were awarded to a number of projects including two long term capital grants for  Brookeborough and District Community Development Association and Heber McMahons GFC. Cooneen Community Development Association were awarded funding to help them run a series of educational activities. Young people have greatly from the fund, with grant awards going to the playgroup and St Mary’s PS for development of their outdoor classrooms and play area.


Local sports clubs including the bowling, Gaelic football, table tennis and hurling clubs will used their previous funding to cover running costs and equipment costs.  Other groups supported include local pipe band, flute band, Church group and drama group who were awarded grants to support equipment and tuition costs.


Peter Baillie, Managing Director of Energia Renewables said “We are very committed to supporting the communities where we invest, getting resources and much needed funding on the ground. Energia are delighted to be working with the Fermanagh Trust, who operate this fund on our behalf, providing real opportunity for groups and organisations to access financial support and contribute to community life. We are confident that, over time, many local community organisations and voluntary groups will see the benefit of this initiative.”


Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust added “The Teiges Mountain Wind Farm Fund is an excellent opportunity for the local community to access funding which will benefit so many community activities. We know from our work over the last 20 years that there are some fantastic voluntary projects taking place and we look forward to seeing applications coming in.”


Closing date for applications is Friday 12th November. For more information, guidelines and application form visit CLICK HERE or contact Tel: 028 66 320 210 / E: gemma@fermanaghtrust.org


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