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New windfarm fund goes live

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PROJECTS in the region tackling climate change are being urged to apply for a new stream of funding.

The Robin Rigg Community Fund is offering grant funding of between £1000 and £15,000 for local organisations undertaking activities to contribute to a reduction in the effects of climate change, or activities that will benefit the local community. Focus will be on the projects which are energy efficient, educational, involve the community and support sustainable development.

Set up by the Solway Firth Partnership, the windfarm fund is focussed on provision for areas spanning from St Bees up to Silloth, in Cumbria and spanning the Solway area in Dumfries and Galloway.

The partnership will be administering the fund on both sides of the Solway for the next three years.

Jonathan Hird, chartered surveyor for H&H Land & Estates, sees it as a real opportunity for communities and organisations in eligible areas to secure funding to help to reduce their impact on the climate: He said: “In an age where we are continually reminded of our personal contribution to climate change and what steps we can put in place to reduce the effects, it’s really encouraging to see this fund go live. Examples of suitable projects would be solar panels, improving toilets, climate change awareness-raising events, the list is endless.

“I would encourage those that are eligible to put in an application as the funds on offer really can make a difference.”

Applications are open to voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, groups and clubs, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, schools and parish and community councils. The Robin Rigg Community Fund will run from 2020 to 2022. The deadline for applications to the first round will be 5pm on Thursday December 12. Further applications may be invited during 2020 if funds are available.

To find out more, go to www.solwayfirthpartnership.co.uk/robin-rigg-community-fund/

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