Over 14 local projects on Stornoway benefit from a share of £20,000 funding

A number of local projects and initiatives across Stornoway, from school groups to the Hebrides Mountain Rescue Service, will benefit from £20,000 of funding over the coming months.

Lewis Wind Power, a partnership between EDF Renewables UK and ESB and developer of Stornoway wind farm, opened it’s 2024 sponsorship fund for applications earlier this year.

In addition to continuing its long-standing support of HebCelt with a £7,500 donation for this year’s event, it has also confirmed support for 14 organisations which will benefit from a share of £12,500 following the latest funding round.

This includes part-funding for a number of initiatives, including the annual mainland trip for Cairdean Og Allt Nan Gall, a senior citizen’s group; contribution to the Western Isles Island Games Association preparation and training costs; an income maximisation officer for the Western Isles Citizens Advice Service; Stornoway Primary’s plant, grow and eat project and heated throw blankets for the Marybank and Maryhill Community Association.

Lewis Wind Power has supported the local community with this fund for a number of years and in 2023 groups such as Lewis Camanachd and Lochs Show received money.

Stornoway wind farm is a consented 33-turbine wind farm with a capacity of up to 200MW, located to the west of Stornoway. The project would generate enough low carbon electricity to power approximately 115,000 homes*.

Since 2003, Lewis Wind Power has worked closely with Stornoway Trust and the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar on the project.

Darren Cuming of Lewis Wind Power commented: “We are delighted that so many local organisations and initiatives are benefitting from our 2024 sponsorship fund – from the heated throws to new life-saving equipment for the Hebrides Mountain Rescue, to the digital restoration of historic photographs; people right across the community of all ages will benefit from donations.

“This is in addition to the £7,500 support for HebCelt – a local festival which helps to celebrate traditional music, bringing people of all ages together and boosting the economy on Stornoway.”

A full list of awards is detailed below:

Organisation Name Project Award
Marybank and Maryhill Community Association Heated Throws (Blankets) £1,000
Stramash Stornoway Stramash 2024 £400
Western Isles Community Care Forum Respitality project to support unpaid carers £1,000
Western Isles Citizens Advice Service Income Maximisation Officer £1,000
Cairdean Og Allt Nan Gall Annual mainland trip £1,000
Stornoway Science Fair 2024 Science Fair £200
Uig Community Centre Association Childrens’ activities at Annual Gala Day £450
Volunteer Centre Western Isles Generations – Working Together – Horticultural project with Stornoway Primary School £400
Hebrides Mountain Rescue PPE and new lifesaving equipment £1,000
Back Football and Recreation club New equipment for ‘Toddle In’ weekly parent and toddlers group £450
Stornoway Primary School Stornoway Primary’s plant, grow and eat project £1,000
Western Isles Islands Games Association WiGA International Games preparation and training costs £2,500
Urras Eaglais Na Haoidhe The Gateway project – a new interpretation centre £1,000
Stornoway Historical Society Angus Smith Photography digital restoration £1,000


*Load factors based on the five year rolling averages on unchanged configuration basis using Table 6.5 of ‘Digest of UK Energy Statistics’ – latest figures as per July 2022 release