Drumderg wind farm fund reaches half-million milestone

Following the latest funding round, SSE’s Drumderg wind farm community fund has now delivered over £500,000 of investment in community projects in East Perthshire.

Now entering its seventh year, the community fund was established during the construction of SSE’s 16-turbine Drumderg wind farm, near Alyth, for the benefit of community groups and residents in the Alyth and Mount Blair community council areas.

The fund has supported community groups such as the Alyth Youth Partnership, Kirkmichael Session House and the local guides and scouts and has helped new initiatives such as the Alyth Community Woodland and New Alyth Bike Park get off the ground. It has also contributed to the renovation of community halls in Alyth, Ballintuim, Blackwater, Bridge of Cally and Kirkmichael. The fund is expected provide a further £2million during the lifetime of the wind farm.

A total of £56,098 was awarded to seven projects during the autumn/winter funding rounds, including a £10,000 grant to create a series of walking paths in and around the village of Kirkmichael. The £60,000 project is being delivered by the Mount Blair Community Development Trust in partnership with the Perthshire Countryside Trust. Also backed by a grant from the Legacy 2014 Actives Places Fund, it will see the creation of a 14 mile long path network that takes in four routes including parts of the Pitcarmick Estate and Kindrogan Forest.

Lucy Holt, Director, Mount Blair Community Development Trust said:
“The new path network will put Kirkmichael firmly on the map as a great place to come and walk in Perthshire. Not only will this provide a welcome long term boost for the local hotels and community-owned village shop, it will also be a great asset for locals who will be able to access the beautiful countryside around them more easily.”

Graeme Keddie, Head of Community Investment at SSE said:
“Reaching the £500,000 milestone is a major achievement. Over the last six years, the Drumderg wind farm fund has supported key community development activity across Alyth and Mount Blair including initiatives for young people and the elderly, major improvements in community facilities and vital funding for sporting, education and environmental groups.

“I’d like to thank the local panel for the responsible way in which the funds have been distributed and, with around £100,000 available each year, I’d encourage any community groups looking for support to get in touch.”

Decisions on the allocation of funds are made by an independent panel of local people and the application deadline for the next round of funding is 18 February, with awards announced in early April. Further information including application forms and guidelines can be found here, or by contacting Graeme Keddie on 01738 512636 or graeme.keddie@sse.com.