We are fortunate to have various Community Funds in our region to support organisations that are doing great work to build a stronger, more resilient community across East Kintyre. The funds support causes according to their purposes and objectives and we’ve seen up close just how much of a difference this has on the lives of our local community.
EKCF is a charity with the purpose of distributing community funds from windfarms and other sources to community groups and organisations in East Kintyre.
It is intended that all future Community Benefits from windfarms and other sources will be channelled into this fund along with revenues generated by Community Shared Ownership in renewable developments that impact on East Kintyre. The fund is not to be confused with the East Kintyre Windfarm Trust, which sits under the auspices of the Argyll and Bute Windfarm & Renewable Trust and distributes funds from existing windfarms.
The EKCF now also manages the Abbeyfield Fund, as a restricted fund. A long-established residential care home, located within the village, closed in November 2015, and it is the money generated from the sale of the premises that provides the Abbeyfield Fund, available to the East Kintyre community to provide ‘relief for those in need by reason of age’.
The EKCF Trustees will decide, on a case by case basis, whether any application is most appropriately funded by the unrestricted funds or by the Abbeyfield Fund.
The East Kintyre Windfarm Trust was established in 2001, by Argyll & Bute Windfarm and Renewable Trust, to disburse Community Benefits from the first windfarms to impact on the East Kintyre Community Council area. The aim of the fund is to support local communities through promoting the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the area. The funds received are used to make grants to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations in line with the identified criteria.
Currently, the trust receives about £56,000 a year in benefits from the Beinn an Tuirc 1 & 2, Deucheran Hill and Tangy 2 Windfarms.
Cour Windfarm was commissioned in 2016 (energised in March 2017) and has 10 turbines, with total nominal power of 20.5MW.
The Cour Community Fund is a fund (benefit size is £102,500 per year) that has been established to support the communities local to the wind farm and is administered by FERN Community Funds. East Kintyre is one of three community council areas to benefit from the fund.