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 will be announced late summer 2020. The deadline for applications to the second round will be announced at the same time.
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
Details of the 2021 Robin Rigg Community Fund including application form and guidance will be available here from late August / early September 2020.
Examples of what the fund can be used for:-
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, ncludng domain name registration and the first year’s hosting.
Maryport Festivals Ltd used their grant to purchase a new biofuels generator for the Maryport Blues Festival. Ullock Village Hall improved its building efficiency by installing solar panels on its south-facing roof. Siddick Ponds, an important Cumbrian bird site, used their grant to improve visitor facilities and to raise awareness of the Ponds’ importance as a conservation site, through a new exhibition about the reserve in the bird hide, and more seating overlooking the ponds. Maryport Educational Settlement Ltd used their grant to run a year-long series of events raising awareness of waste and recycling through the Eco Thinking Programme. The Programme involves ‘love food, hate waste’ events at schools and children’s groups, a clothes swapping event and a ‘shabby chic’ project where old furniture was restored and sold on. There were also two ‘give and take’ events, to prevent reusable items from going to the landfill.