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