Teiges Mountain Wind Farm Fund closing for applications soon – Funding available for Brookeborough community groups

 

The Teiges Mountain Wind Farm Fund is open again for applications. Energia Group, 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 5KM of the wind farm. Small one-off grants will be available for various activities up to a maximum of £2000. Grants over a one to three year period for longer strategic programmes involving a number of organisations are also available.

 


Previous recipients of the Fund (L) St Mary's Bowling Club and (R) Brookeborough preschool 'The Playstation'


Recent grant awards include Cooneen Community Association, Cooneen Rambling Group, Knocks Drama Group and Cooneen Pipe Band who used their funding to support social and recreational activities. Sports clubs Knocks Table Tennis, Knocks Gratten Ladies and Knocks Gratten Hurling were supported to cover their equipment and activity costs.


Young people have benefitted greatly from the Teiges Wind Farm Fund with preschool ‘The Playstation’ having some of their equipment costs covered. The two local primary schools Brookeborough PS and St Mary’s PS used their grant award to deliver outdoor curriculum projects as part of their Shared Education work together.


Rosy Billingham, Community Engagement Manager for 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 previous funding rounds that there are some fantastic voluntary projects taking place and we look forward to seeing applications coming in.”


Closing date for applications is Friday 4th November. For more information, guidelines and application form CLICK HERE or contact Tel: 028 66 320 210 / E: gemma@fermanaghtrust.org


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