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 email@example.com 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.
South Lesmurdie folk – Local residents are keen to get growing and have been working with REAP to get things started. We’d really love to hear from everyone in South Lesmurdie about their ideas for community food gardens and activities.What would you like to see? What do you want to grow, pick and eat? If you’ve not seen the proposals, please contact us to get more information and a simple feedback form
Funding Applications The next deadline for funding applications for the Hill of Towie Community Benefit fund is
Friday 28th September 2018.
Applications must come from groups that operate in the fund area of benefit and must fit at least one of the fund social or environmental aims. Forms and guidance notes are available on the website downloads page and hard copies are available on request. You are welcome to contact REAP for an informal chat about your application or for any support you need in completing the application process. The fund is available thanks to RES UK who operate the 21 turbine site at the Hill of Towie. Since being established in 2012, the fund has made 119 grant awards totaling just over £521,000.
Community Representatives This year, nominations are open for the two community representative positions on the Decision Making Panel. One representative is from Botriphnie (Drummuir area) and one from Boharm (Mulben area). Community representatives must live in the are they wish to represent and have two nominees who also live in that area. They will typically be asked to assess applications and attend decision making meetings twice yearly and will sit for three years before standing down. Forms are available on the downloads page and hard copies are available on request. The deadline for nomination forms to reach REAP is 15th September 2018. If there are multiple nominations, elections will be held on 15th October in Drummuir Hall and 16th October in Mulben Hall. If you need any more information or want to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact REAP.
A two-part Gardening course for Beginners is starting 6th of June and a composting workshop on 27th June where you can learn how to turn your waste into garden gold! Both are free but booking is essential and places are limited so don’t delay. See details and the link to book on our events page or contact REAP.
There’s also a drop in session at the community beds in Cooper Park on 16th June – no booking needed, just come along for as long as you’d like – details on the Events page.
For something completely different to the seasonal madness, I hope you enjoy these pictures of 3 of us REAP employees with our Carbon Literacy Certificates. Myself, Barney and Dorothy attended this 2-day intensive course in November in Keith along with 18 other attendees from across the North East, run by the Climate Challenge Fund. The course focused on the realities of climate change, what is happening and why, and how we can take action to help reduce emissions.
All three of us learned a lot, from the trainers but also from our fellow attendees, who included High School 6th year pupils, managers and staff from a variety of Climate Challenge funded projects, energy advisors, recyclers and growers. To gain our certificates, we all pledged to carry out a personal carbon saving action and a community or workplace based one, too.
Our pledges are listed below. One of mine was to advertise what we have pledged as examples to hopefully inspire others – this could be you! So when you are making your New Year resolutions, why not get involved, find out more about climate change and devise your own pledge to go even more green in 2018
Our pledges are:
1.To cut out one journey in and out to work per week, either by electric biking in, or working at home
Carbon saving on 20 miles round trip in car x 45 weeks = 900 miles per year
2.To replace 2 meat-based meals with vegetarian meals to total 4 meals per week for the whole family, using only locally grown vegetables for those meals
Carbon saving on meat and supermarket sourced vegetables (food miles etc)
3.To save more seeds to use in REAP projects and propagate more plants using peat-free soil
Carbon saving on transport and production costs of seeds and saving peat bog habitat for carbon capture
4.To move house to a location where I can use my bike more, saving on local trips to and from town
Carbon saving on car travel 5 miles round trip 2 x per week = 520 miles per year