The Fallago Environment Fund, established by EDF Renewables and Roxburghe Estates, launched in Spring 2013.
The aim of the Fund is ‘to enhance the quality of life for local communities and visitors to the Borders through investment in the protection, enhancement and appreciation of the natural, built and cultural heritage of the Scottish Borders environment.’
The annual Fund value is £200,000 per annum and is administered and overseen by Tweed Forum.
Fallago Rig Windfarm became fully operational in the Spring of 2013. It was the wish of the 2 developers, EDF Renewables and Roxburghe Estates, that the economic benefits of Fallago Windfarm be shared by establishing a fund to support environmentally-based projects within the area. The Fallago Environment Fund is an innovative model for delivery of local benefits deriving from a windfarm development. As well as communities closest to Fallago, the Fund is unique in that other community groups and relevant organisations throughout the Borders are eligible to apply, ensuring that those parts of the Borders without access to other community benefit funds can be supported.
The Fund is expected to persist for the lifetime of the Windfarm (ca. 20-25 years). The day-to-day administration of the Fund has been devolved to Tweed Forum, however, the Fund Management Group is the decision-making body for disbursement of funds. This Group comprises representatives of EDF Renewables, Roxburghe Estates, Tweed Forum and the local community, and has an independent Chair. The current members of the Group are Gareth Baird (Chair), the Duke of Roxburghe, Nick Bradford, Debbie Playfair, Catherine Maxwell-Stuart, George Farr and Luke Comins.
For details on how to apply please refer to the Fallago homepage here.