Mayo County Council and Oweninny Power Designated Activity Company Ltd have announced the allocation of approximately €200,000 to local community groups from North Mayo.
The funding comes as a result of a benefit fund to the local communities from the Oweninny Windfarm. The allocations follow extensive engagement and collaboration with the local communities through many local structures such as the Mayo Public Participation Network, Oweninny Community Benefit Fund Evaluation Committee and board.
Funding is being awarded to a variety of projects ranging from Social Inclusion and Community Development to Local Health and Recreation Amenities.
The Fund attracted a lot of attention with a large number of applications, so that demand for the funding was well over-subscribed. Those who were not successful on this occasion are reminded that the Fund will be open for applications again in 2021.
Mayo County Council CE (Interim ) Peter Duggan, outlined: "We wish all of the communities well in their endeavours to have a positive impact on the development of their local area.
"We also acknowledge and value highly the dedication, commitment, time and energy given to the development of the Community Benefit Fund by local community members, local councillors, the staff of Mayo County Council and Oweninny Power Designated Activity Company Ltd.
"It is through this willingness to work together that we have achieved the first step. This Fund will continue to provide funding to local community groups for the lifetime of the farm."