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Community Windpower's 255,000 Covid-19 crisis fund still open

The £255,000 Covid-19 crisis fund from one of Scotland’s biggest wind farm operators is still accepting applications as the pandemic continues to impact communities across East Lothian.

Community Windpower introduced the fund to support communities and organisations around its wind farms in April 2020, and has continued to provide vital support throughout the region since then.

The renewable energy company, which operates Aikengall Community Wind Farms, has helped organisations including Dunbar Sea Cadets, the Scottish Seabird Centre and Blood Bikes Scotland.

Recent recipients of financial support from the fund includes Dunbar Grammar School, Knox Academy and Dunbar Surf Life Saving Club.

The financial support is through both money diverted from wind farm community benefit funds and directly from Community Windpower itself.

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, said: “As we continue to live in such worrying and unprecedented times for everyone, it’s vital we dig deep and help people in communities that are being negatively impacted by this Covid-19 crisis.

“Our Covid-19 crisis fund has helped many people and organisations across the region, including help with providing new equipment for schools to adjust to Government guidance and supporting Dunbar Sea Cadets provide wellbeing packs for its young members.

“This official fund in East Lothian sits alongside financial support to organisations we have ongoing partnerships with.

“The East Lothian fund, through our BeGreen Dunbar centre and the community councils in Abbey St Bathans, Preston and Boynkel, Lammermuirs, East Lammermuir, Dunbar and Cockburnspath and Cove, continues to be open for applications from registered organisations, and we’re looking at providing decisions on all applications within 48 hours.

“We’ve done this to ensure the money we provide reaches those who need it most.”

The funds are currently accepting individual applications of up to £2,500, although this is subject to review and will depend on each case.

Dunbar Sea Cadets’ Commanding Officer, Chief Petty Officer Martin Galloway, said: “We’re so grateful to Community Windpower and BeGreen for supporting the unit on this initiative and we can’t thank them both enough.

“Some of our cadets are in high deprivation areas, and family incomes have been hard hit as a result of Covid-19. These packs were a welcome distraction to the young people and their families.

“It showed that we are still here to help and support them, and that they are not alone.”

Blood Bikes Scotland operates a fleet of 12 bikes on one car, supporting four NHS authorities, including Lothians.

John Baxter, chairman of Blood Bikes Scotland, said: “We’re really grateful for the support from Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar, to help keep our bikes and car on the road to service the NHS.”

To find out more about how to apply please call 01368 863 720 or email begreen@communitywindpower.co.uk 

Further information can be found at www.communitywindpower.co.uk/covid19

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