Berry Burn Wind Farm awards over £100,000 to local causes

Berry Burn Wind Farm, located between Forres and Grantown on Spey, has approved grants totaling £107,636.77 to help fund eight projects in Moray and the Highlands.

Berryburn Wind Farm. Photo: Becky Saunderson

This is the highest amount granted since the creation of the community fund in 2014.

Several causes in and around Forres have received new grants. This included £45,000 to Forres Community Council and Forres Community Sports Hub to develop an outdoor sports hall on the Forres Academy campus.

Forres Heritage Trust received £30,000 to illuminate The Tolbooth, Mercat Cross and Nelson’s Tower while Film Forres received £1,868.80 for its community mobile cinema.

Meanwhile, Findhorn Bay Arts has received a £10,000 increase for venue hire and marketing costs for the 2022 Findhorn Bay Festival.

Two Craigellachie-based causes have also received grants, with Moray School Bank receiving £15,000 to provide children living in poverty with school uniforms and Friends of Craigellachie Bridge receiving £1917.97 to purchase maintenance equipment.

Finally, Grantown on Spey Parkrun Development Group received £2,000 to set up a parkrun in the village and Friends of the Falconer Museum received £1,850.

Dr Jana Hutt, Chair of the Berry Burn Community Fund, said: “We were delighted to receive so many great applications and were able to award a record amount of funding to community projects. We congratulate all successful applicants.

The latest round of funding brings the Berry Burn Community Fund’s total contribution to date to £1,492,036 for local causes in the area.

The closing date for applications for the next round is September 19 this year, with decisions to be made on October 24.

Details on how to apply can be found online at www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk.


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