Community projects within 12 km of the Slieve Rushen Wind Farm may be eligible to apply for a grant.

The Slieve Rushen Wind Farm Fund was launched by Mantlin Ltd, owners of the site, in association with the Fermanagh Trust.

The intention is for the funding to continue throughout the wind farm's operation.

Over the years, the fund has awarded grants to organisations carrying out initiatives in Derrylin, Kinawley, Teemore, Ballyconneell and Swanlinar, including community playgroups, sports clubs, schools, community associations, art, music and drama groups.

Last year, a total of 19 organisations received funding, providing support for community facilities, sports equipment, health, and well-being programmes, mainly benefiting the area's young people.

Impartial Reporter: (L-R) Donal McPhillips Chairman of Knockninny Credit Union, Lauri McCusker Director of Fermanagh

Knockninny Credit Union, a community-based enterprise serving the people of Teemore and Derrylin, was one of the previous recipients.

Donal McPhillips, chairman of the enterprise, said: "We are incredibly grateful to the Slieve Rushen Wind Farm Fund for their generous support, which has enabled us to enhance our facilities.

"The funding for the new door, privacy screens, and website upgrade has not only improved the functionality of our premises but also ensures a more secure and accessible environment for everyone.

"The Wind Farm funding’s practical and local assistance is invaluable in our mission to serve and empower our community.”

The closing date for applications is June 7.

Applicants can apply for one-off grants up to £2,000 to support initiatives taking place up until March 31, 2025, or for capital projects up to £8,000 per annum over three years.

Potential recipients must have the necessary statutory permissions in place and be able to utilise the grant awarded.

Download the application and guidelines at