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Communities in the Western Isles are being encouraged to take advantage of funding to help them cope with prolonged power cuts.


Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is making £220,000 available this year for community groups.


Applications of up to £20,000 will be considered with an independent panel deciding which projects are to receive grants from this round of funding.


The fund supports local projects that protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness.


Past awards have gone to Uist Radio to purchase a FM receiver/ transmitter, generators and rechargeable radios to broadcast when the mains power is out.


A grant to the Bays of Harris community centre provided a generator, food flasks, battery-powered lights and radios as well as satellite internet.


Bethesda Care Home in Stornoway received an award to provide an emergency electricity supply.


A diesel-powered generator and space heaters was purchased by a grant to Bernera hall.


Projects could include improving community flood defences, enhance facilities in local emergency centres, purchase emergency vehicles for remote locations and testing new ways to build the personal resilience of those most vulnerable in the community.




Communities urged to apply for power cut emergency funding

7 March 2018