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Sliabh Bawn Community Benefit Fund opens for applications

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Sliabh Bawn Power DAC is pleased to announce the next round of funding for communities located near the Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm.

The Sliabh Bawn Community Benefit Fund is now open to receive applications until Friday 29th January 2021. The Community Benefit Fund is available to community and voluntary groups, non-profit groups, or organisations with a charitable status. The fund provides support to the cumulative value of €2 million for the operational lifetime of the wind farm.

Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm is a joint venture between Coillte, Greencoat Renewables and Bord na Móna and since 2015, and has committed to investing over €400,000 in 100 projects. Among the groups supported to date include local schools, sports clubs, development associations, first responder schemes, community facilities, scout groups and local athletic clubs.

As part of the fund, a number of groups have received multi-annual commitments, spanning up to four years, to facilitate the development and implementation of large-scale community projects.

Making the announcement today, Enda Conaty, Asset Manager explained:

“Through our Sliabh Bawn Community Benefit Fund, we aim to contribute to the development of local projects and services for the benefit of all local people. The fund seeks to prioritise projects and initiatives that support and benefit the area surrounding Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm by providing financial support to local groups, helping them to deliver beneficial projects and initiatives which fall within one or more of our broad themes of: Recreation, Social Sustainability, Culture and Heritage, Environmental Sustainability and Tourism. This year’s fund is in excess of €89,000 and we welcome all applications from interested organisations that meet the fund criterion.”

The fund is being administered by SECAD Partnership CLG. For further information on the Community Benefit Fund, including fund guidelines and how to apply, read more here.

Should you have any queries please contact SECAD on 021 461 3432.

Pictured above: 12th Roscommon Scouts – recipient of funds from the Community Benefit Fund, with Tom Costello, Community Liaison Officer for Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm (r).