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East Renfrewshire groups get cash windfall from renewable energy fund

A wide range of organisations and community groups have landed a cash windfall to carry out projects thanks to the East Renfrewshire Renewable Energy Fund (ERREF).

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Financed from income received from ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) for Whitelee and Middleton wind farms and administered by East Renfrewshire Council, the fund is primarily targeted at projects that have the potential to achieve substantial long term benefits for communities in East Renfrewshire.

Applications are invited annually from organisations across the area and are considered by a panel including four councillors and the chief executive of Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire.

This year, grants have been awarded to Williamwood Parish Church, Lodge St John Busby, Busby Community Council, Glasgow Hutchesons' Aloysians RFC, Eaglesgam Bowling Club, Mearns Bowling Club, Whitecraigs Lawn Tennis and Sports Club, Uplawmoor Development Trust, TREE (The Regeneration of Eaglesham's Environment), Young Enterprise Scotland and Age Concern Eastwood.

With almost £200,000 being awarded, the grants will allow the groups to replace boilers, make upgrades to heating systems, improve disabled access, make repairs and enhancements to facilities, create a multi-use games area and purchase a minibus.

"It's fantastic to see so many community groups from across the authority benefitting from this year's fund. Grants have been awarded to a diverse range of projects - with everything from an upgrade to a children's play area to a new classroom/training facility included. Many of the projects have already kicked off and it's great to see the progress being made. I look forward to seeing all of the projects take shape over the coming year." Councillor Alan Lafferty, chair of the funding panel

The fund will reopen for new applications in summer 2018 with grants awarded later in the year.


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