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Five South Ayrshire projects awarded financial grants by Carrick Futures


ScottishPower Renewables’ funding to benefit local communities

Today, Carrick Futures and ScottishPower Renewables have announced that five projects in South Ayrshire have been awarded financial grants of over £35,000 as part of the renewable energy provider’s Community Benefit Fund programme.

The funding, which has been awarded to Adventure Centre for Education (ACE); Girvan Traditional Folk Festival; Girvan Coastal Rowing Club; South Carrick Club Diamonds Fun Fitness & Friendship and Ballantrae Community Council will go towards improving and supporting each project’s activity in the local community.

These projects have all been selected by Carrick Futures, which receives community benefit funds from ScottishPower Renewables’ Mark Hill and Arecleoch windfarms due to their positive contribution and commitment to enhancing the local community through the services they offer. To date over £2.3 million of funding has been awarded to projects from these two windfarms. ScottishPower Renewables could also boost the funding they provide to the Carrick Futures Trust further if proposals for their Glen App Windfarm are consented.

Project beneficiary, Adventure Centre for Education (ACE), a charity offering programmes and training in outdoor pursuits for adults and children, has again been successful in obtaining further funding and has received over £15,000. The project was previously awarded nearly £42,500 by the Trust. The cost will go towards ten new paddleboards, twenty new mountain bikes for adults and children, as well as investment money towards the project’s ‘Girls ‘R’ Ace’ scheme, which was set up in 2014 to encourage more young women to participate in adventure sports to harness the benefits of the outdoors.

The project offers educational and social benefits for the local and wider community, including school workshops for children, which help to develop their confidence and social skills at a key phase.

Chris Saunders, Project Manager at ACE, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded these vital funds for the project. It will go towards strengthening the business, but also offering a real value for the local community encouraging more people of all ages to reap the social and health benefits of outdoor pursuits.”

The Girvan Traditional Folk Festival, now in its 41st year, welcomes visitors from across the world for a selection of musical concerts, workshops and children’s entrainment. As a charitable project, the £5,000 funding granted from Carrick Futures will subsidise over 25 per cent of the running costs for the festival this year.

Graham Charlton of the Girvan Traditional Folk Festival said: “The Festival brings much needed business and tourism to the community each year and it is wonderful that the funding willing allow us to continue this in 2015. We are very thankful to Carrick Futures and ScottishPower Renewables for the allowing this traditional event to stay in the local area.”

Girvan Coastal Rowing Club was set up in June 2013, following a project with local High School pupils to build the boat. The project now has over 20 members following its first year and with the Carrick Futures funding hopes to increase its membership by 50 percent in 2015. As well as raising its profile, the Club will also use the funding to purchase vital safety equipment for members and visitors, including waterproofs and life jackets.

Rhona Anderson, Chairman of the Girvan Coastal Rowing Club said: "We are thrilled with the Carrick Futures award which will give a welcome boost to rowing from the newly developed Girvan Harbour under the ongoing Regeneration Project."

Other project beneficiaries include the South Carrick Club Diamonds - a local charity project offering exercise classes and social events to improve the wellbeing of members of the local community, which will use the funding to employee more qualified trainers in the area and also the Ballantrae Community Council which was awarded over £8000 to buy a marquee.

Foundation Scotland administers the funds Carrick Futures receives from ScottishPower Renewables’ Mark Hill and Arecleoch windfarms for the benefit of Carrick communities.

Roger Pirrie, Chair of Carrick Futures, commented, “Carrick Futures is committed to supporting local groups and organisations. The fund attracts applications from a diverse range of projects but the one thing they have in common is their commitment to creating a thriving and prosperous community for residents and visitors alike. We hope that their success will encourage others to apply in the future.”

Keith Anderson, Chief Executive at ScottishPower Renewables, said, “The community benefit money generated by windfarms in South Ayrshire is an invaluable resource for many of the projects in the area. We are proud to be able to continue to support such a diverse range of ventures which all add real value to people living in the area and also tourists who visit throughout the year.

“Developing renewable energy is a vital part of our future and as responsible operatives, we want to educate local communities, especially children and young people about the role they can play in that development.

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For further information please contact: Jen Ward or Georgia Lea at Stripe Communications on 0131 561 8768 or sprenewables@stripecommunications.com

Foundation Scotland: Jacqui Morris - 0141 341 4960 / 07718 772726 or jacqui@foundationscotland.org.uk

Notes to Editor

ScottishPower Renewables
ScottishPower Renewables is part of Iberdrola, the world’s largest wind energy developer, with an operating portfolio of over 14,000 megawatts (MW). ScottishPower Renewables is responsible for progressing Iberdrola’s onshore wind and marine energy projects in the UK and offshore windfarms throughout the world

Securing our position at the forefront of the renewable energy industry, ScottishPower Renewables now has 30 operational windfarm sites producing over 1,600 MW, including West of Duddon Sands, our first offshore windfarm project. With a further 500 MW of onshore windfarm projects due to be constructed, we are set to maintain our position as the UK's leading wind developer.

With our 350 MW Wikinger Offshore Windfarm in the German Baltic Sea due to be constructed in 2017 and our East Anglia ONE windfarm, which has full planning consent and a contract that will allow us to develop up to 700 MW, we are set to position Iberdrola as the world's leading offshore wind developer.