News on recent awards

The Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust (MCWFT) are delighted to have recently awarded another round of funding to a number of community projects; as well as providing Travel funds and short-term loans to help with large-scale island initiatives.

An award of £33,600 to the Harris Gun Club brings the organisation closer to the development of three new shelters over the main shooting stands and the installation of a ‘skeet’ shooting discipline. As well as attracting more people to try the sport, the plans will ensure members develop their own skills, enabling them to compete in national and international competitions. Club member Fiona Knape said: “The aspiration of the Club is to provide the finest all weather multi-discipline shooting venue for clay target shooting in the Western Isles. “The grant fund received from Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust will help realise this aspiration and make a huge difference to our members and the Western Isles communities.”

MCWFT Chairperson Iain MacIver congratulates Harris Gun Club member Fiona Knappe on their recent award of £33,600

MCWFT Chairperson Iain MacIver congratulates Harris Gun Club member Fiona Knappe on their recent award of £33,600

South Lochs Scouts have also benefited with an award of £4,629 to help purchase some much needed equipment and running costs of one of the few youth groups in the area.

As well as specific grant awards, the Muaitheabhal Trust has also established a Travel Fund to help groups with the cost of mainland trips during 2014. This month the Pairc Social Club, Cardon Cordal Cheann a Loch and South Lochs Scouts shared £7,570 to aid travel and Jessie Mackenzie, Chair of Cardon Cordal Cheann a Loch – who a replanning a trip for 25 senior citizens to Pitlochry this year – said: “Our group offers friendship and support for older people and trips to the mainland are a vital part of that service. “The group were highly delighted to receive this award which will help the older members of our community to experience a trip away at a manageable cost.”

A new funding stream for the wards three Community Councils has been established also, with Pairc, Kinloch and North Harris Community Councils each receiving £5,000 to aid support to smaller projects within the area.

And, as well as being a ‘grant giver’, the Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust have also awarded short term bridging loans to groups who are undertaking large scale projects which see an impact on their cash flow. Tarbert Community Centre and Erisort Trading (Aline) Ltd have both received loans to help them whilst they carry out projects. MCWFT Manager Helen Sandison, said: “The Trust were delighted to assist these groups and would be happy to support other groups in the area in this way.”

The Trust welcomes funding enquiries from groups operating in the Pairc, Kinloch and North Harris areas or for organisations who will benefit residents of the area. To discuss project ideas and for more information, contact Helen at Kershader Resource Centre, 01851 880296, or email helen@muaitheabhal.org.uk