Our colleagues at GEN warmly invite you to join their ‘Communities For Future – Our Response to the Climate Emergency’ online summit February 1st to 10th February. The summit is totally free to sign up to and you can dip in and out as you wish. The list of speakers is impressive – they are leaders in their fields. See https://summit2020.ecovillage.org/ for more details and to sign up. Communities large and small can make a difference by taking action.
Join people all over the world viewing these speakers and interviews. As GEN says, “If you are seeking inspiration and hope for the future facing today’s climate crisis, join now GEN’s ‘Communities for Future Online Summit – Our Response to the Climate Emergency’. The human presence on this planet needs to be and can be transformed – from destructive to regenerative – now!” On signing up you will be able to watch 3 interviews from the speakers below.
The latest round of funding is now open, thanks to Hill of Towie wind farm developer, RES.
Applications from constituted groups in the fund area of benefit are welcome and the next closing date is Thursday 12th March. Applicants must meet at least one of the fund aims, which are:
to improve the social and community life within of the area of benefit
to safeguard and improve the natural environment and promote its proper use
If you’ve never applied for funding before and need some help, or if you just want to check your plans or projects are eligible, please contact REAP for an informal chat. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the application process or how to fill in forms. You’ll find all the paperwork you need on the downloads page and paper copies are also available, just ask.
The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund Area of Benefit
The area of benefit encompasses the parishes of Botriphnie (around Drummuir), Boharm (around Mulben) and Keith and Newmill.
The Hill of Towie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has awarded almost £50,000 of funding for local projects and groups in the Keith area. The latest round of funding saw 10 local organisations boosted by grant awards totalling £44,585.02
Applications must benefit community/social life or the natural environment of Boharm, Botriphnie, or Keith and as usual, applications covered diverse projects and plans. This round featured funding for a defibrillator, health & wellbeing sessions, Christmas lights and summer flowers, as well as other improvements to community spaces.
One of the beneficiaries of this funding round is the Loft Youth Project in Keith, who received money for sessional youth worker time. Their application made a strong case for the social benefit of investing in young people
Project Manager Sharon Duncan said, “We are over the moon to receive this much needed additional funding. The services we provide are in greater demand than ever. They range from running small groups for young people who need some intensive support, to transition groups that have proved to be very effective in helping primary seven pupils with the move to secondary school. Being able to fund extra staff hours will help us meet all these needs and continue to invest in our local young people.”
Beneficiaries for this round of funding were:
Mulben Picnic Committee – £7,920 to remove a derelict building from the playpark site
Keith 50+ Group – £500 for health and wellbeing outings and activities
Drummuir & Botriphnie Community Trust – £17,428.38 to level and resurface the hall car park and £900 towards plants and additional planters for ‘Drummuir in Bloom’
Rrrrallye Team – £344.00 towards venue hire for their annual Fun Day and Car Show
Keith in Flower – £3,700.00 for additional planters for ‘Keeping Keith in Flower’
Boharm Public Hall – £1,866.99 for a 24/7 public access defibrillator at the hall
Keith Golf Club – £3,750.00 for a rough cutting roller mower
The Loft Youth Project – £6,012.51 for additional sessional staff
Keith Community Council Christmas Lights Committee – £2,163.14 to refurbish lights
The Hill of Towie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund was set up by RES, operator of the 21-turbine site near Drummuir, to support groups and projects that benefit Boharm, Botriphnie and Keith. Since it was established in 2012, the fund has awarded 148 grants totalling £ 637,395.
The deadline for the next round of funding is Thursday 12th March. The Decision Making Panel is always keen to hear from new applicants. You can talk through ideas and check eligibility, with the friendly staff at REAP. Get in touch by calling 01542 888 070 or emailing email@example.com. Fund application forms and guidance notes are available for download on the REAP website and paper copies are available on request.
Jenni from REAP is out and about the next few weeks. She’ll be on the Information Bus in Elgin and at 2 Quarriers Carers’ Cafes – one in Elgin, one in Forres. Details are on the Events page or you can keep up with us on Facebook
We can offer free and impartial energy advice to households in Moray- from understanding your bills, checking you’re on the best deal, help with your heating controls, energy saving at home and advising you about any grants and loans.
The next deadline for applications the Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund is Thursday 10th October. (previous applicants please not the change of day from Friday).
Application forms are available on the Downloads page and hard copies are available in the REAP office or can be posted out on request.
We’re always happy to hear from new applicants so if you want to check if your group and idea are eligible, please contact REAP for an informal chat. We can help talk you through the application form and process.
The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund is made available to the community by the developer RES.
Jenni, our Energy Champions worker spoke with John from Keith Community Radio in June about her project. Click the link below to listen in as she explains what it’s all about, gives out some top energy saving (and money saving!) tips. If you’d like to learn more and be able to help friends, family or neighbours save some energy advice, we’re offering free training and support to become an Energy Champion.
If Championing others is not for you, you can get free and impartial advice on beating your bills and saving money from our Energy Advice Moray team. Find out more on the energy pages of our website.
We think Jenni did brilliantly on her first broadcast and we thank our friends at Keith Community Radio for the opportunity and their ongoing support. We are also grateful to our funders, without whom this would not be possible.
Spring 2019 has got off to a great start for 14 local community groups and organisations who have shared over £121,000 of grant funding in April and May. The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund and Edintore Community Benefit fund are made available by developers RES and Edintore Wind Farm Limited. Applications providing social and or environmental benefit to the fund areas are welcomed.
The next deadline for the Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund is Thursday 10th October and the next Edintore deadline will be in early 2020. If you are looking for funding, you’ll find details of the fund aims and application forms on the Community Grants page. Grant applications can be submitted at any time before the deadline.
If you have any questions or are new to applying for funding, please get in touch for an informal chat. REAP will check your application form for completeness ahead of application deadlines and we always urge applicants not to leave it until the last minute.
Both funds aim to provide social and/or environmental benefit. Full criteria and eligibility are in the guidance notes. You can also read our ‘Top Tips’ advice on what makes a good application. Each fund has an area of benefit. The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund covers Keith, Newmill and the parishes of Boharm and Botriphnie. Applicants must be based in this area. The Edintore Wind Farm has a primary area of benefit of a 5 mile radius of the wind farm, and a secondary area benefit outside this area. Priority is given to applications benefiting people in the primary area of benefit.
Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund Area of Benefit
Edintore Community Benefit Fund Area of Benefit
The list of successful applicants for the 3rd round of Edintore Grant funding and the 14th Round of Hill of Towie funding is as follows:
Edintore Community Benefit Fund
Keith Roller Bladers & Skaters was awarded £7,780 towards the final stage of refurbishing the skate park
Dufftown Royal British Legion was awarded £20,000 towards the costs of refurbishing the toilets
Keith Royal British Legion was awarded £7,000 towards the costs of refurbishing toilets
Keith Golf Club was awarded £10,000 for a replacement mower
Strathisla Pipe Band was awarded £5,000 towards the costs of a Massed Pipe Band even to celebrate their Centenary
Keith Trefoil Guild was awarded £700 for a laptop and projector
Longmore Hall was awarded £15,000 towards costs of upgrading the hall
The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund
Keith Royal British Legion was awarded £7,000 towards the costs of refurbishing the toilets
Drummuir & Botriphnie Community Trust was awarded £7,551.54 to resurface the hall car park and £1,716.99 to purchase and install a defibrillator
Drummuir 21 was awarded £700 for a St Fumac Statue
Boharm Public Hall was awarded £17,742 to replace the hall railings and gates
Sunshine Developmental Playgroup was awarded £200 for being seen out and about
Keith Country Dance Club was awarded £200.00 to help with running costs
The Loft Youth Project was awarded £997.50 for an Awards Group
Keith Country Show was awarded £10,000 towards the costs of phase 2 of power distribution phase throughout the show ground
Longmore Hall was awarded £10,000.00 towards the costs of upgrading the stage
REAP is currently running the ENERGY ADVICE MORAY project offering free energy advice to households across Moray. This work is funded by Moray Council through their HEEPS scheme (Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland). We’re sending invitations to households that have had improvements under the scheme offering free and impartial advice, but anyone who lives in Moray may be eligible for advice. This may be extended to a home visit if necessary.
Please call us on 01542 888070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our trained Energy Advisers will get back to you. This service is currently funded to the end of March 2018, but REAP is urgently seeking funding to extend this beyond March, especially to those who are spending a large percentage of their income on heating their home – defined as being in ‘fuel poverty’.
Deadlines for the next funding rounds for the Hill of Towie and Edintore Community Benefit funds have been set. Please not that applications can be received at any time before the deadline and applicants are urged not to leave it to the last minute. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Support is available to complete applications if needed and you are welcome to discuss your application and check eligibility with REAP staff before applying.
Edintore Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund closing date for applications is Friday 15th March 2019
Hill of Towie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund closing date for applications is Friday 5th April 2019
Details of the criteria and aims of each fund, the areas of benefit each fund covers, and application forms and guidance notes are available on the Downloads page. Paper copies are available from the REAP office.
The day to day choices we all make can help to fight climate change, save us money and make us feel good. Lots of local people are already doing their part with greener shopping, cooking, eating and growing. If you want to check how you’re doing, or see what other simple changes you could make, take a look at the new Grow Elgin ‘Low Carbon Living Leaflet’ – available on the Downloads page here and Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund ‘Guide to Climate Change’ here
If you’d like to know more about why Climate Change is happening and what we can all do, here is a short video from Keep Scotland Beautiful.