Fallago Rig wind farm’s environment fund is handing out more than £170,000 to Borders projects in its first year of operation.
The 48 turbines in the Lammermuir Hills on Roxburghe Estates land became operational last spring. And the Fallago Environment Fund was set up, also last year, by developers EDF Renewables and Roxburghe Estates.
Fund management group chairman, Andrew Douglas Home said: “There has been a great deal of interest in the fund and we received far more applications than we could possibly support.
“In the two funding rounds we have had so far we have confirmed funding for 12 separate projects amounting to some £170k.”
So far, money has gone to restoring and upgrading the gates at Coldstream Football Club, as well as restoring village halls at St Boswells and Redpath, new instruments for Hawick Saxhorn band and support for Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth.
“We have also offered a major grant, subject to match funding, towards an iconic sculpture project that will commemorate one of Scotland’s worst fishing disaster when 189 people died off Eyemouth in 1881.”
And in the fund’s most recent round, members decided to donate money towards Chirnside Community Centre, the Coldingham Priory Community Archaeology Project, Borders Forest Trust and their work on restoring the Gameshope and Talla valleys, as well as a feasibility study looking at a River Tweed and Countryside Centre and the publication of a biography of a Kelso man’s time on the Somme.
Tweed Forum, the charitable trust promoting the sustainable use of the Tweed and its tributaries and enhancement of the region’s natural, built and cultural heritage. carries out the day-to-day running of the fund, which gives out £200,000 annually and is expected to run for the next 20-25 years.
Decisions about who gets the cash are made by the fund management group whose members include EDF Renewables, Roxburghe Estates, Tweed Forum and local community representatives.
Application forms are found at www.tweedforum.org/fallago. The next deadline is September 1.