Energia, part of the Energia Group which includes Power NI, is calling on community groups within a 5-mile radius of its Long Mountain and Glenbuck wind farm developments in North Antrim to apply for grants from the annual community benefit fund. The deadline for applications is Friday 6th November.
The £58,000 fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and was established by Energia to support local community-based projects in Dunloy, Rasharkin, Glarryford, Cloughmills, and the surrounding area.
Grants range between £500 and £5,000 and are allocated to projects which promote:
– Energy efficiency and sustainability
– Cross-community relations
– Environmental or economic benefit
– Social cultural or sporting benefit
– Educational issues with a focus on sustainability.
Local groups and projects which have received funding include the refurbishment of the Glarryford Farmers’ Hall, which received a grant of £5,000 towards new kitchen units. The Dunloy Development Association used its funding to develop a luncheon club for older members of the community as part of its ‘Heart of the Community Project’.
Peter Baillie, Managing Director of Energia Renewables, said: “Energia now owns and operates 15 onshore wind farms across the island of Ireland and next year we will be investing more than ever in our community benefit funds.
“We are committed to supporting the communities where we invest and recognise the challenge that many local groups face in accessing the funding they need.
“This year more than most we’ve recognised the role that these funds can play in supporting rural communities and building resilience.”
Full details about the fund and how to apply can be found at https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/thornog-community-benefit-fund/