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Community projects encouraged to apply for wind farm money

Charitable and community groups in the Tallentire area are being called on to apply for funding to make a difference in their area.

Established by RES, and managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Tallentire Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund awards grants of up to £10,000 and support projects in the parishes of Bridekirk, Blindcrake, Gilcrux and Plumbland.

The fund accepts applications from community projects, giving priority to activities that are environmental, educational, sporting, or community related.

Gary Higgs, Grants and Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to open the latest round of funding and provide financial support to make sure that the needs of the community are met.

“To date, 23 projects have received a share of £280,000 and the money has made improvements in village halls, provided activities for youngsters, updated playground equipment, purchased catering equipment for a lunch club and provided life-saving equipment for the first responders group.

Plumbland Community Group received £4,132 to set up a local breakfast club and purchase outdoor play equipment for the youth club. Secretary, Sharon Stephenson, said: “We wanted to encourage youngsters to meet up with their friends outdoors rather than just communicate via computers. The grant has brought our community together.”

The fund is open for applications until 24th August 2018. For more information, visit www.cumbriafoundation.org or call Gary Higgs on 01900 825760.

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