Windfarm fund backs Legion
Published Friday, 16 December 2011
Improvements to Forth Royal British Legion's social club are on track thanks to funding from the Blacklaw Renewable Energy Fund.
Up to £7000 has been awarded towards the refurbishment and internal improvement of the club with the entrance and exit ramps will also be constructed to make the building more wheelchair friendly.
The club allows the building to be used free of charge for charitable events with an average of 6000 visitors per year using the facilities.
Funds awarded by Blacklaw REF is dependent on the group receiving match funding for the project from other sources. The total cost of the project is £21,366.
The REF was set up in March 2004 by the council and is funded by ScottishPower Renewables which operates the windfarm.
The council is responsible for advising potential applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects to ensure the community benefits associated with each project are delivered.
Councillor Chris Thompson, the chair of the council's Enterprise Resources, said: "I am delighted that we are able to support such a unique project that brings with it something of real value to the local community.
"It's worth noting that this project would be able to go ahead without the support of the REF.
John Alexander, Project Director for ScottishPower Renewables, added: "We created and invest in the fund exactly for initiatives like this that will benefit others. We have had a long relationship with the people of Forth and it is great to support good local projects."