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What difference is the fund making to local communities?

Since the inception of the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund in October 2013, a total of £236,000 has been paid into the fund by GreenPower.

There have been 43 apprioved micro grant applications totalling over £10,000. The micro grant scheme awards grants of up to £250 which is available to individuals, constituted and non-constituted groups. These applications are decided by the Community Council where the applicant is based in.

To date, 39 main grants have been approved by the Steering Group totalling over £193,000. The main grant scheme awards grants of up to £7,000 which are available to constituted groups only. The Steering Group meets at least twice a year to decide which of the main grant applications will be funded and is made up of members from the five community council areas bordering the wind farm.

Below are examples of just some of the projects where our grants have helped projects to go forward ….

Kilchrenan Village Hall now has a defibrillator thanks to an award of just over £3,000. The defibrillator is located for easy access on the external wall of the village hall providing vital lifesaving equipment in this very isolated area. Locals were also shown how to use it by the local medical professional. The Village Hall which was established in 1935, was granted charity status in 2005 and is run entirely by volunteers.

Kilchrenan Village Hall Defibrillator and Box

Kilmelford and Kilninver Village Hall received a grant of £7000 to install solar panels on the roof, helping to  ensure that the hall’s electricity bills are kept as low as possible.

Kilmelford & Kilninver Village Hall Solar Panels


Lorn Organic Growers received a grant of nearly £2500 to enable them to repair and improve their six polytunnels to make them weather proof and resilient to the Scottish weather. Established in 2013, Lorn Organic Growers took over a previously used site in order to develop a community resource where people can grow a whole range of organic produce in a co-operative environment. It allows the current 35 members and their families to grow vegetables that are otherwise not possible to grow in Argyll and also provides growing space for people with no gardens or growing space of their own, especially important as there are no allotments within 50 miles of Oban. They carried out the work themselves which benefited the group through the sharing and learning of new skills. An additional grant of £250 has also been awarded towards the cost of a composting toilet.

Lorn Organic Growers repaired polytunnels


Through the award of  £7000 Dalavich Community Centre has been fully re-wired, replacing the existing wiring and distribution boards which had reached the end of their useful life. The Centre is a vital part of the local community used by many local groups and is run entirely by volunteers. The centre contains a bar run by the Dalavich Social Club for the benefit of local people and visitors which has also benefited from a grant to install a multi fuel stove to provide heating and the refurbishments of the Children’s Room. The main hall and stage has also received a new lease of life after being sanded down and varnished.

Dalavich Social Club refurbishments


Glenorchy and Innishail Community Orchard and Woodland Garden received over £2400 which will enable the group to lay pathways and construct a secure timber clad store. The beautiful tranquil garden and orchard on the river bank near to Glenorchy Church is used by many groups and individuals including the local school and pre-school group.

Glenorchy and Innishail Community Orchard and Woodland Garden


Bridge of Orchy Village Hall Committee has put a grant of £7,000 towards the refurbishment of the Bridge of Orchy Village Hall. In times when rural isolation is increasing and the demographic slide is towards urban living and away from the countryside, Carraig Gheal Community Fund is pleased to be able to support the community in Bridge of Orchy. The rejuvenation of the village hall will bring the community together in a common cause and now provides a community hub for everyone to use. It has new windows and insulation, a new kitchen and toilets and provide a meeting space and drop in centre for locals and visitors alike. The hall also plays an important role in the Bridge of Orchy Community Resilience Plan providing a place of shelter in the event of an emergency.

Bridge of Orchy Hall during restoration works


Taynuilt Village Hall has been awarded £1350 to fund an upgraded and more efficient heating system which will  enable the hall to be used throughout the year by  various community groups.