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Organisations in the area around the new Tullo Wind Farm near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire are being invited to submit their first applications to the fund set up to support community projects.
The fund comes into being as the seven-turbine farm undergoes final commissioning ahead its official opening at the end of September 2010. It will distribute £17,000 annually - £1,000 per megawatt of installed capacity for the farm developed by Eneco Wind UK.
The fund is being administered by the Mearns Area Partnership, which is inviting applications for projects that should benefit residents in six community council areas: Arbuthnott, Benholm and Johnshaven, Gourdon, Inverbervie, Mearns and St Cyrus.
Applications can be submitted all year round, and will then be assessed by a grants panel made up of representatives from the local community councils and partnerships after 31st January each year. Successful applicants will receive their grants by the end of April.
The fund will welcome applications for projects that:
Benefit children and vulnerable people
Involve community buildings or regeneration
Boost the environment or wildlife
Have health, education, heritage or sustainability benefits.
Applicants need to be able to demonstrate a clear need for their projects together with community use and involvement, and value for money.
Full guidelines and applications are available from the offices of the Mearns Area Partnership at 44 High Street, Laurencekirk or can be downloaded here from 1st October 2014
Tullo Windfarm Community Fund