Eight Speyside Projects Receive Third Round of Grants Benefiting the Dorenell Wind Farm Community


DUFFTOWN Highland Games is one of eight Speyside projects to receive a share of over £ 158,000 in community funding for wind farms.

Dufftown Community Center, Cabrach Trust and Bike Glenlivet will also benefit from the third round of payments related to the Dorenell Wind Farm from EDF Renewables.

The awards support initiatives to create and improve community facilities in Dufftown, Auchindoun, Glenrinnes, Glenlivet, Inveravon and Cabrach.

The toilets and storage areas at Dufftown Community Center will be upgraded with a prize of £ 27,506 in the final round.

Meanwhile, new facilities will be created in Glenlivet with £ 1,340 to refurbish and reallocate two phone booths for community use.

A prize of £ 18,917 was given to the Cabrach Trust to commission a feasibility study and some initial work to restore the Cabrach School Hall and House to create a local center for training, events and activities.

And the Glenrinnes Community Center received a boost of £ 6,675 to purchase a riding mower and storage shed to help its volunteers maintain the grounds.

Outdoors, a £ 3,933 prize has been awarded to create a new all-skill mountain bike trail at Bike Glenlivet.

The Cabrach Community Association received £ 26,900 to fund the construction of a Drystane seawall as well as planting and landscaping to improve the Cairn Memorial Garden. The project will also provide hands-on training on the construction of dry concrete dikes to 30 people.

The head of the Dufftown Highland Games has been delighted with a windfall of £ 23,350 to build a steel-framed shed to store the equipment.

Alex Grant, Head of the Dufftown Highland Games. Photo: Daniel Forsyth.

Alex Grant said: “The funding will make a real difference.

“This will allow us to install weather-resistant storage.

“This means that we can now buy the equipment we need for the games, like chairs and tables, rather than renting each year.

“We can then make the equipment available to other groups in the community for a whole range of events.”

The fund panel also supported a new full-time development role at Dufftown.

A prize of £ 47,444, over the next two years, will help fund a community development leader who will work to improve the financial viability of the Dufftown and District Community Association and help the group increase their capacity to carry out projects that benefit to the whole community. The role will help the association study and develop a range of projects, including affordable housing, community forests and the development of camping facilities.

Dorenell Wind Farm, six miles south of Dufftown.
Dorenell Wind Farm, six miles south of Dufftown.

The total awarded in this round was £ 158,066.

Projects in the region can apply for up to £ 30,000. Grants are available for charitable, community-led projects and activities that will benefit local residents. Projects must respond to themes highlighted in Dorenell’s community development plan, such as the environment, heritage, recreation, tourism, housing and transportation.

The next deadline for applications is November 30, then March 31, 2022. Visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/apply-for-funding/funding-available/dorenell.

For advice on how to complete applications, contact Fund Coordinator Marion McDonald on 07912 759524.

The Dorenell Wind Farm, six miles south of Dufftown, was fully commissioned in April 2019.

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