Hadyard Hill fund changes administrator

The Board of Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund has appointed Foundation Scotland to administer funds it receives from the SSE Hadyard Hill windfarm.

These funds are for the benefit of the villages of Barr, Dailly, Pinmore and Pinwherry.

Since 2006 Ailsa Horizons, a local social enterprise and charity, has provided secretariat services to the Hadyard Hill Board of Directors. But administration arrangements are now changing and Hadyard Hill will be run with support from Foundation Scotland, an independent grant making charity that distributes funds for community groups across Scotland.

It has particular expertise in working with developers, communities and other local organisations to design and distribute community funds from wind farms.

Helena Menhinick, Hadyard Hill Chairwoman, said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Ailsa Horizons for their work over the years, and wish them well in their future projects.

We are now looking forward to working with Foundation Scotland and benefitting from their extensive experience in grant making to ensure that these funds continue to achieve real impact and legacy in our communities.”

Ciara Wilson, SSE Community Fund Manager said: “SSE has worked with Foundation Scotland to deliver a number of wind farm community funds across the country.”

Cara Gillespie of Foundation Scotland said: “We are looking forward to working with the Hadyard Hill Directors to ensure the fund continues to have lasting impact for the communities.”

The Fund is currently closed to new applications whilst Foundation Scotland reviews Hadyard Hill’s application, assessment and reporting processes. Any changes will be announced in the local press in advance of the fund reopening in January 2016.