PRESS RELEASE- 16th July 2015
Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company awards first grants
Almost £90,000 has been awarded to local groups by the newly launched Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC), which receives funding from ScottishPower Renewables’ Harestanes Windfarm. Funding has been made available for community events and upgrades to community facilities.
The largest award of £35,000 went to Johnstonebridge Community Development Trust, to assist with the construction of a new village hall for the community. Smaller awards went to Junction 17 for a Family Fun Day in Lockerbie this summer; Thornhill Music Festival for their 2016 event; North West Dumfries Community Café for a summer event for Lincluden residents; and Oasis events team for the annual Youth Beatz event in Dumfries.
Martin Brown, Chair said “The aim of the fund is to support the rural regeneration and sustainability of communities within the area, creating a vibrant and thriving area for residents and visitors. The wide range of applications we received in this first funding round demonstrates the diversity of activity in our communities and the commitment of many local groups to improving their area.”
Kenny Peberdy, UK Director for ScottishPower Renewables said “We are pleased to see these important community projects benefiting from Harestanes Windfarm. £8 million of funding will be available for communities over the 25 years that the windfarm is anticipated to operate for, and it is fantastic to see the first round of funding successfully completed. As well as making an important contribution to Scotland’s green energy targets, Harestanes Windfarm will also have a positive role to play in the local community.”
The next closing date for applications is Monday 3rd August and there are two further rounds in September and November. Full details, application forms and guidance are available from other pages on this website.
A group of pupils from Moffat Academy – Primary team and their concept of creating a school bee hive, are celebrating after winning £500 at a community dragon event in Dumfries.
The winning concept was to install a bee hive within the school, then harvest and sell honey products, producing a small income for the school. In the process the enterprise will be of great educational benefit to the school and wider community and also help the dwindling bee population.
The pupils from Moffat Academy along with six local schools from across Annan and Nithsdale faced four community dragons as they pitched for the £500 prize to run a social enterprise for the benefit of the school community.
The dragons assessed each pitch against key criteria which included the quality of the presentation, the idea itself, the extent to which the plans stacked up financially and the sustainability of the enterprise.
Miss Robson, class teacher said “The Dragons Den event was a great opportunity to share enterprising ideas. It was even better to hear how passionate each school was to create positive changes to their local communities. The pupils at Moffat Academy worked extremely hard on their bee hive concept and pitch and are delighted to have won. The £500 and advice offered by the ANCBC dragons will help the children take their ideas forward. We can’t wait to see where this project takes them next.”
The community dragons were Julia Whittaker, Ailsa Horizons; Tracy Kennedy, ScottishPower Renewables; and Jay Lamb, Social Enterprise Academy.
The event was organised by Annan and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC). ANCBC work in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables to deliver the Harestanes Community Benefit Fund to over 42 community council areas across Annan, Dumfries and Nithsdale. The fund is worth £300,000 per annum.
Martin Brown Chair ANCBC said “There was a real enthusiasm amongst all the students who took part in last weeks, event. It was great to see their ideas, the quality of their research into the prospective ideas and the professionalism in answering the questions posed by the dragons. Congratulations to Moffat Academy and their beehive idea.”
A design brief was sent to the Senior Academy Schools in the Annandale, Dumfries and Nithsdale areas to encourage them to take part in a competition to develop a LOGO for the newly formed Annandale & Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC).
This was an important and exciting opportunity for students wishing to study Art or Media as it gave them a live assignment and a piece of work they can put forward in College / University applications CV’s.
With the winning entry receiving a £200 cash prize, £100 for their school and other students receiving a £20 cash prize for being short listed.
The winning logo was to be used as the formal ‘face’ of ANCBC, on letter headings, application forms, website and posters etc.
There were 10 entries short listed and a final two chosen from the shortlist.
The winners were a group of 4 Students from Moffat Academy
They are: Imogen Paterson, Sonny Chaudhry, Everita Darkevica and Anna Beishuizen
They will share the £200 prize
There were 3 other students from Moffat who were short listed
Wallace Hall Academy were the runners up
Short listed students taking part from both academies will receive £20 each = 10
I think you will agree that it a great design
Funds shortly to be disbursed to Community Councils in Annandale and Nithsdale