Windfarm fund re-opens

Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund has opened its doors to new applications, following a short period of closure to review its approach to grant-making following the appointment of a new secretariat, Foundation Scotland.

The charitable fund primarily supports projects located within or directly benefiting one or more of the three community council areas of Barr, Pinmore & Pinwherry and Dailly.

Current grant commitments, including an award of £100,000 to the new Girvan Leisure Centre, mean that a total pot of around £50,000 is available for local groups to apply to over the next year. Individual awards will be capped at £2,500, in order to ensure as many groups as possible can benefit from the fund. Examples of recent beneficiaries include the Stinchar Valley Magazine and Girvan fireworks.

Helena Menhinick, Hadyard Hill Chair said: “We hope that community groups will take advantage of available funds and are looking forward to seeing some good local projects being funded with benefits for our communities”

The first deadline for applications is 14th March 2016, for a decision in May. Details of further rounds and how to apply can be found at www.hadyardhill.org.uk or by contacting Foundation Scotland on 01557 814927

Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund Ltd. is a charity and company limited by guarantee, established in 2006 to administer community benefit funds from the SSE Hadyard Hill wind farm. The fund primarily supports projects located within or directly benefiting one or more of the three community council areas of Barr, Pinmore & Pinwherry and Dailly in South Ayrshire.

The Hadyard Hill Board decides on grant awards from the fund. The Board is made up of Directors from each of the three community council areas.