Upper Nithsdale groups boosted by £80k Glenmuckloch funding

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Community organisations in Upper Nithsdale now have the chance to grow and develop the services they provide thanks to enterprising youngsters at Sanquhar Academy.

A total of 10 organisations will benefit from the fourth round of the Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park funding scheme – a project which provides financial assistance for public benefit to groups and organisations in the area.

The money for the project is generated by two wind turbines on a site adjacent to the Glenmuckloch surface mine and is administered by young people at Sanquhar Academy.

This year’s successful groups – Wanlockhead Museum Trust; Sanquhar Senior Citizens Club; Happy Hooves Equestrian Centre; A' the Airts; Sanquhar and District Silver Band; Nith Valley United Football Club; Kello Rovers Football Club; Kirkconnel Parish Heritage Society; Sanquhar Academy (for the Dumfries and Galloway Space School 2018); and Sanquhar Golf Club – will share almost £80,000.

The young people at Sanquhar Academy have adopted the name Propel for their charitable purposes committee.

Sanquhar Academy pupil Eilidh Steel said: “I’m very proud to be involved in Propel and I’ve learned so much about what’s going on out there in the community. It’s great to be able to give back to the community I grew up in.  

“Choosing the successful recipients this year was very challenging but we’re in no doubt that the funding will have a significant impact on the groups we’ve chosen.

“We can’t wait to see how the funding helps individuals and families across Upper Nithsdale.”

Propel receives advice on their enterprise project from representatives from Scottish Mines Restoration Trust (SMRT), Buccleuch and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

To date, funding has been awarded to groups working across areas including history and heritage, music, sport, art, managing disabilities, and the environment.

The turbines have the potential to generate £2.5 million over the next 25 years.

Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park chair Alan Hiddleston said: “Propel and the funding it provides continues to be a huge part of the community here in Upper Nithsdale and the young people are doing a fantastic job in maintaining momentum and interest.

“Four years on from its inception, the money generated by the turbines continues to have a significant impact on individuals and families across Upper Nithsdale and a lot of that is down to the dedication of these youngsters.

“Propel comprises a fantastic group of young people and we’re looking forward to working with them again as we prepare for the fifth round of funding.”

The Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park funding scheme got off the ground in 2014 thanks to a grant from Dumfries and Galloway Council, and loans from Buccleuch, Scottish Mines Restoration Trust, Mines Restoration Limited, and Hargreaves Surface Mining.  GCEP is now debt-free as the loans have been written off as a gesture of goodwill.

Propel will be accepting applications again from January 2019.

To find out more about the scheme, email GlenmucklochCPC@outlook.com or visit www.facebook.com/glenmucklochcpc