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.

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