As part of the consenting process for the Robin Rigg Wind Farm in the Solway Firth, a local Community Benefit Fund was established for a ten year period. This time period has now come to an end and a new fund, the Robin Rigg Community Fund, funded by the current owners RWE, is now running from 2020 to 2022. Solway Firth Partnership will be administering the fund on both sides of the Solway.
The second round of the Robin Rigg Community Fund is now closed.
The third round of the Robin Rigg Community Fund will be launched in late summer / autumn 2021 for projects to take place in 2022.
The Robin Rigg Community Fund is available to community groups and organisations in the Solway area undertaking activities that contribute to the reduction of the effects of climate change or otherwise benefit the local community.
Projects should support and promote the following causes:
• Renewable energy
• Energy efficiency
• Sustainable development
• General community amenity schemes or projects
You can apply if your organisation is a:
• voluntary or community organisation
• registered charity
• constituted group or club
• not-for-profit company or community interest company
• social enterprise
• parish and community council
that operates within the designated geographical area:-
Dumfries & Galloway
Colvend and Southwick
Silloth on Solway
Holme St Cuthbert
Hayton and Mealo
Outerside and Allerby
Examples of what the fund can be used for:-
In 2020, the Kippford Association was awarded a grant to fund tree surgery, dry stone dyke repairs and the creation of a new entrance for the Kippford Community Nature Reserve. The Colvend Public Hall Committee received a grant to fund the renovation of the floor at the Colvend Public Hall. The Carnegie Theatre Trust received funding for the purchase of new LED house lights for the Carnegie Theatre in Workington. The West Cumbria Society for the Blind received a grant to support its work providing advice, guidance and outreach services to visually impaired people in the West Cumbria area.
In 2016 Auchencairn Community Council used their grant to create the Millenium Garden and Link Park. Dundrennan Community Council received funding to rennovate and decorate the village’s gents toilets, purchased a tennis table and run Tai Chi and archery sessions. Kirkbean Community Council designed and built an unlimited page website, including domain name registration and the first year’s hosting.