Two more groups have recently secured funding from the Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust to further their activities in the community.
The Kinloch Historical Society (Comunn Eachdraidh Ceann a Loch) were awarded £32,200 which will allow them to purchase the old Balallan School to turn into a community hub incorporating an archive of historical, cultural and genealogical material relevant to the Kinloch area, develop exhibition and museum rooms and provide social and community facilities for the whole community.
The first stage of the project is to employ a Development Officer to develop the business plan and organise the transfer of materials from the current base in Laxay. Donnie Macleod, Comunn Eachdraidh Ceann a Loch explains “Even at this early stage of grant distribution, MCWFT has already helped us create employment in Kinloch with our Historical Society as a result of the support provided we are able to engage a full time member of staff for a full year. Without the grant we would not have been in a position to do so, and the creation of employment opportunities should be paramount in our planning in these difficult economic times”.
On the other side of the loch, a community group in Pairc are progressing with plans to build a new Sports Hall, thanks in part to an award of £8,400 from the Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust. Vice Chair, Fiona MacInnes Begg explains what the grant will mean for the group; “This award has enabled the group to bring in specialist advice and support to help us to invite expressions of interest from local contractors to build our new Hall”. “We are extremely grateful to MCWFT for this award as it means that any fundraising we are doing at the moment is going into the pot for building the Hall and not on this preparatory, but essential, work”.
These two awards bring the total investment from MCWFT to £72,600 since the fund opened in April, with several more projects in the pipeline. Helen Sandison, MCWFT Manager explains ‘These awards to local community groups are exactly the projects that MCWFT wants to support, not only are they run by hard working, committed volunteers, but they are levering in other funding from other sources into our community’. ‘We wish both groups every success with their plans and encourage other groups to come forward with ideas which could be supported by the fund”.