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EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm flags year of success funding community projects in Contin, Strathpeffer, Lochbroom, Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon

By Hector MacKenzie

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Playpark at Marybank.
Playpark at Marybank.

Community groups in Ross-shire have benefited from another successful year of funding from the EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm.

The community benefit funds provided financial support for a wide range of projects in Contin, Strathpeffer, Lochbroom and the area of Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon, which organisers say will have a positive impact in the community for years to come.

Awards over the last year have supported footpath improvements in Contin and Strathpeffer, and playground upgrades in Marybank and Ullapool.

Strathpeffer Community Rowing and outdoor activities at Marybank.
Strathpeffer Community Rowing and outdoor activities at Marybank.

Outdoor activities, toddler groups, coastal rowing and even a community drama production have all been funded, helping people get active and connected again, post lockdown.

The funds have also been used for practical and essential items that help to make community life better – from a dishwasher for a community centre, to a storage shed for a community garden.

It also helped fund the 2021 essentials of hand sanitiser and social distancing signage.

Fund coordinator Marion McDonald said: “It is great to see these funds continue to make a real difference despite the ongoing challenges communities have faced this year.

"Volunteer funding panels have managed to carry on meeting online, as they have done throughout the pandemic.They have awarded funds to such a great range of projects, and I look forward to working with them all again next year to support local groups and initiatives.”

Footpath repairs at Contin Island.
Footpath repairs at Contin Island.

Norma Ross, chair of Contin Community Council and Contin Fund Panel said: “Without the funding Contin local groups would not have been able to help the community recover from covid and participate in initiatives that have brought us all closer together and helped us become more aware of how to move forward in future. Funding has really helped our community develop."

EDF-Renewables director of asset operations, Piero Maggio, said: “Given the challenges faced by all over the past couple of years, it is particularly uplifting for all of us at Corriemoillie Wind Farm to hear that our fund has been making such a difference to the communities across Ross-shire. We’re really looking forward to hearing more positive fund stories in 2022”

EDF Renewables provides support for local initiatives through several community benefit funds from the Corriemoillie Wind Farm. Foundation Scotland administers these funds in Contin, Strathpeffer and Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon.

There are two application deadlines per year in each area, with grants available for constituted groups with a project that will benefit the community.

Information is available from fund co-ordinator Marion McDonald on 07912 759524. Full details are available on the fund website https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/corriemoillie

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