New SSE wind farm fund to generate grants of up to £5,000 for local communities

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Local community groups are being urged to share their ‘big idea’ and take advantage of SSE’s new £125,000 Sustainable Development Fund – which launches today (April 28).

The fund is available to non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities from across the Scottish Borders local authority area with applications over £5,000 being accepted.

The fund has been provided as part of the community benefit arrangements from Langhope Rig wind farm, near Roberton, and is expected to open every three years.

The key priority of the fund – which closes for applications on 27 June – is the enhancement of the built and natural environment through activities that build upon local heritage and support the visitor economy.

Currently worth £1 million over the lifetime of the wind farm, the value of the fund could increase with the addition of SSE’s Clyde Extension development, currently awaiting consent from the Scottish Government.

An independent panel chaired by Jack McConnell, a former First Minister of Scotland, will decide on grant awards. All funding decisions will be made public in September 2014.

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