A FUND which according to its main adminstrators aims to ‘enhance the quality of life for local communities and visitors to the Borders through investment in the protection, enhancement and appreciation of the natural, built and cultural heritage of the environment’ is giving local project groups the opportunity to bid for a share of £240,000 per annum.
The Fallago Rig Development Fund, one the largest of its type in terms of catchment area, will be administered by the Tweed Forum and receive contributuions by EDF Renewables and Roxburghe Estates, the developers of the windfarm of the same name which is due to come into operation in the new year.
As well as communities closest to Fallago, the Fund is unique in that other community groups and relevant organisations throughout the Borders will be eligible to apply for project support.
Roddy Jackson of Roxburghe Estates, “This is the first such fund that provides benefits to such a wide area beyond the immediate vicinity of the windfarm development.
“We believe it is important that local communities share in the benefits derived from the investment in new energy developments and that windfarms support environmental projects at a local level.
“This is a significant investment in sustaining the natural, built and cultural heritage of the Borders”.
To be eligible for funding projects must protect, enhance or raise appreciation of the natural, built and cultural heritage.
and be within the Scottish Borders local authority area or the parish of Gifford (included due to its proximity to Fallago windfarm).
Applications to the fund which will receive total contributions in the region of £6 million during the windfarm’s lifetime, will normally only be accepted from community, voluntary, charitable groups or other relevant organisations with applications from individuals only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
The fund’s management board, which currently comprises representatives from EDF, Roxburghe Estates and Tweed Forum, is looking for two local community representatives to join its ranks.
There is already a strong Berwickshire element to the committee with Coldstream’s Andrew Douglas-Home, former chairman of the River Tweed Commissioners, selected as chair.