Borders projects can benefit from £100,000 wind farm fund

The Fallago Environment Fund, which shares the benefits of the Fallago Rig Wind Farm in the Lammermuir Hills with projects across the Scottish Borders, has launched a special £100,000 Covid-19 grant scheme to help residents recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis and lockdown.

Thursday, 30th April 2020, 10:06 am
Fallago Rig Wind Farm in the Lammermuir Hills.
Fallago Rig Wind Farm in the Lammermuir Hills.

With the lifting of restrictions expected to happen in stages and social distancing due to continue for many months, the limited-lifetime Covid-19 Recovery Grant Programme is aimed at projects that improve quality of life and wellbeing and help to reduce the negative impact of social isolation for local residents.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 will be available and priority will be given to small organisations with local impact which are delivering recovery projects that would not happen or would be significantly delayed without this support.

Voluntary and community organisations operating in the Scottish Borders are eligible to apply for grants.

Gareth Baird, chairman of Fallago Environment Fund, said: “We are very aware of the far-reaching impact Covid-19 is having on the physical, mental and economic wellbeing of Borders residents.

“While there are many Government and charitable initiatives addressing immediate hardship, we wanted to find a way to assist local communities to recover as quickly as possible through projects that help provide a positive and healing environment.”

The limited-lifetime Covid-19 Recovery Grant Programme will be administered by The Bridge, a Scottish Borders community development charity.

Funding deadlines will be announced every two to three weeks to allow applications to keep pace with the evolving situation and ensure grants are allocated in the most effective way.

In order to make an immediate difference, decisions will be made within seven working days of each deadline with grant payments made up front.

Costs can be for capital or revenue with a minimum project cost of £500. If the overall project costs more than £5000, match funding must already be in place.

Morag Walker, executive officer at The Bridge, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Fallago Environment Fund to support local communities in their efforts to recover from the impact of Covid-19. We will be working hard to get this much- needed funding out to where it will do most good, in the shortest possible time.”

Further information on the Fallago Environment Fund Covid-19 Recovery Grant Programme application process can be found at www.the-bridge.uk.net or by emailing [email protected]