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Funding worth a total of £17,259.19 was awarded to a range of local groups and projects in the area of benefit of the Hillhead of Auquhirie Wind Farm Community Fund.

Fern Community Funds, a leading independent renewable energy developer, established the Hillhead of Auquhirie Community Benefit Fund to support local groups and projects. Funding is available for the benefit of the communities living in the Community Council areas of Arbuthnott; Mearns; Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar; Stonehaven and District.  Administered by Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP), applications to the fund are assessed by a Decision-Making panel made up of representatives from all four Community Council areas.  The fund is available annually for the lifetime of the wind farm which is provided by current owners Octopus Investments.

Successful applicants included Catterline Coastal Rowing Club - £240; Fordoun Defibrillator Group - £1000; Luthermuir Hall & Park Committee – £4000; West Cairnbeg Forum - £2148; Auchenblae Pre School Group - £1000; Fettercairn Public Property Committee - £2808; Stonehaven & District Horticultural Society - £320; Stonehaven Thistle Cricket Club - £1000; 1297 Stonehaven Squadron Air Cadets - £788.30; HomeStart Kincardine - £954.89; K&D Befriending - £1000 and Stonehaven Amateur Swimming Club - £2000.

Unfortunately, this year there was no Awards Ceremony due to current restrictions.

As a result of Covid, the Hillhead of Auquhirie Community Fund did not allocate grants in 2020.  Instead, the fund is allocating twice in 2021, with the second allocation of funding about to take place. 

Funding worth a total of £19,989.38 was awarded in May to a range of local groups and projects from the St John’s Hill Wind Farm Community Fund.  Due to delays caused by the Covid pandemic, monies from both the 2020 and 2021 fund were allocated.

Quintas Energy, a leading independent renewable energy developer, established the St John’s Hill Windfarm Community Benefit Fund to support local groups and projects. Funding is available for the benefit of not-for-profit groups and organisations in the Community Council areas of Arbuthnott and Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar. Administered by Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP), applications to the fund are assessed by a Decision-Making Panel made up of representatives from both Community Council areas, and local representatives.  The fund is available annually for the lifetime of the wind farm.

Successful applicants this round included Friends of the Grassic Gibbon Centre, Arbuthnott Church, Arbuthnott Community Council, Kinneff Old Church Preservation Trust Ltd, Catterline School Parent Group and Catterline Coastal Rowing Club.

The Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund opens for applications on 1 July 2021.  Applications to the fund can be made from not-for-profit groups and organisations based in the following Community Council areas:

  • Crathes, Drumoak and Durris
  • Newtonhill, Muchalls & Cammachmore
  • North Kincardine Rural
  • Portlethen and District
  • Stonehaven and District

The energy company RES has established a community fund which will see more than £25,000 available to support local community projects every year during the lifetime of the Meikle Carewe Wind Farm. The fund is administered by Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) and managed by a Decision Making Panel made up of representatives from the local Community Councils.

The fund is open for applications from 1 July to 30 September 2021.  The Decision Making Panel, along with a representative from Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP), will then meet to consider applications.

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Download this file (Meikle Carewe Guidelines 2021.pdf)Meikle Carewe Guidelines 2021.pdf 133 kB
Download this file (Meikle Carewe Application Form 2021.doc)Meikle Carewe Application Form 2021.doc 369 kB

KDP held our delayed 2020 AGM on 24th March 2021. Many thanks to those of you who were able to make it, however for those of you who couldn't we thought you would be interested in the update which can be found here

Last month, funding worth a total of £24,332.59 was awarded to a range of local groups and projects in the area of benefit of the Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund.

RES, a leading independent renewable energy developer, established the Meikle Carewe Windfarm Community Benefit Fund to support local groups and projects. Funding is available for the benefit of not-for-profit groups and organisations in the Community Council areas of Crathes, Drumoak & Durris, Newtonhill, Muchalls & Cammachmore, North Kincardine Rural, Portlethen & District and Stonehaven & District.  Administered by Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP), applications to the fund are assessed by a Decision-Making Panel made up of representatives from all five Community Council areas.  The fund is available annually for the lifetime of the wind farm.

Successful applicants this round were:

Crathes Public Hall Trust - £464.51; Skateraw Hall - £2000; Maryculter Driving for the Disabled Group – £1400; Maryculter Woodlands Trust - £1118; Portlethen & District Voluntary Community Ambulance Association - £500; Panthers Basketball Club - £2480; Portlethen Paths Development Group - £2505.98; Rhythm Nation Dance Crews - £2750.47; Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool - £2095.02; Stonehaven Community Radio - £5000; 1297 Stonehaven Squadron Air Cadets - £1595.88; Stonehaven Horizon Group - £1635 and The Bellman - £787.73.  Unfortunately, this year there was no Awards Ceremony due to current restrictions.

As a result of Covid, the Meikle Carewe Community Fund did not allocate grants in 2020.  Instead, the fund is allocating twice in 2021.  It will reopen on 1st July, with a closing date of 30th September, when the second allocation of funding will take place. 

For more information please visit, www.kdp.scot or contact the KDP office on 07903 156864 and

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