Lanarkshire community groups get six-figure funding boost


A number of groups in Lanarkshire are set to get a huge boost in funding from community investment funds associated with Clyde Wind Farm.

The money awarded in May by the wind farm – a joint venture partnership between SSE Renewables, Greencoat UK Wind PLC and GLIL Corporate Holdings Ltd – is £459,000.

Clyde Wind Farm’s Borders Fund awards include £100,000 invested in an endowment fund to ensure communities have income beyond the life of the wind farm fund which ends in 2041.

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Many local organizations are located in the Biggar area of ​​Lanarkshire.

Upper Tweed Community Enterprise has been awarded £41,000 to allow the Broughton Village Store to temporarily relocate to the village hall while its building is refurbished.

The prize will provide lasting improvements to the hall itself, beyond the period of installation of the shop.

Upper Tweed Community Enterprise Chairman Chris Lambton said: “This award will allow Broughton Village Store to take the crucial first steps in our long-term redevelopment plan.

“The store has outgrown its current premises and needs to expand, but to do so it has to move for a few months while an extension is built.

“The award will cover the cost of alterations to part of the nearby Village Hall Cottage to create viable temporary premises for the store, so that this crucial village facility remains open throughout the redevelopment period.”

In South Lanarkshire, funds totaling over £295,000 have been awarded to 10 projects.

Among the winners is the Libberton Primary Parent Council which received £34,000 to upgrade its play park for the whole community.

Sarah Alcock, chair of the parents’ council at Libberton Primary, said: “The extension fund has given us the opportunity to give our small community a boost of facilities for all to enjoy.

“We haven’t had funding available for so long, it’s good to get the full amount and the kids are very excited to see the final results.”

Other notable awards include £117,500 for Biggar RFC to install photovoltaic solar panels, storage batteries and better water heating, in a bid to become carbon neutral. And £70,000 to the Corn Exchange in Biggar to carry out repairs to its roof and clock tower.

Angus Milner-Brown, who represents Quothquan and Thankerton on the South Lanarkshire Funding Committee, said: “It has been hugely encouraging to see such a variety of funding applications in our opening year.

“The panel greatly appreciated the opportunity to help guide and push so many great projects forward and we look forward to supporting more good causes soon.

“The huge benefit of this easy-to-access fund is clear, we can quickly support great local causes, which previously may have found the funding path blocked or difficult to navigate.”

Biggar Little Festival received £7,121.36 to produce a 20th anniversary programme, while Biggar and District Men’s Shed received £28,269 to upgrade windows and fire doors in their premises.

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