Energia launches Community Fund

December 07

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) is pleased to announce the opening of the new Crighshane and Church Hill Wind Farms Community Benefit Fund.

This local community fund has been set up by the Irish Infrastructure Fund and Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding the Crighshane and Church Hill Wind Farms near Killeter in County Tyrone.

The fund known as  the Irish Infrastructure & Energia Community Fund and will be managed by CFNI, who will use their knowledge and experience of community development to ensure communities will see real benefit from the initiative. 

Irish Infrastructure Fund and Energia set up the fund to ensure the wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community.

Funds will be available to local community projects in the Killeter and Aghyaran areas and is expected to provide funding of £800,000 over the life of the wind farms, which is typically 25 years.

The Fund welcomes applications from constituted community and voluntary groups addressing issues such as energy efficiency and sustainability, social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community, education with a sustainability angle and environmental  or economic benefit.

Helen McKeever, Fund Development Manager at CFNI said: “The Community Foundation is pleased to be able to support this partnership between Irish Infrastructure Fund and Energia and the local community by managing this fund and working with local people to ensure it is distributed for maximum benefit.

“We are dedicated to working in partnership with businesses and individuals across Northern Ireland to develop innovative funding solutions; helping us to continue to make a real change in the lives of people across Northern Ireland.”

Energia Renewables Managing Director Peter Baillie said, “We are pleased to have come to an agreement with the local community groups to develop this fund and appreciate the help and support the residents have given us during the wind farms development process. We look forward to continuing to work well together.

“We value the input and experience of CFNI in getting the project to where it is today and hope they are inundated with funding applications.”

Applications for funding should be received by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) by 1 pm on Friday, 18th January 2013.

Application forms and further information can be found at

For further information and to find out if your group or project is eligible, please contact Kat Healy on 02871 371547 or [email protected] .


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