Community Benefit

 

Sliabh Bawn DAC commit to:

    • Always being open and communicating proactively with the local community throughout the project and responding to community needs.
    • Improving local amenity and recreation for all visitors to Sliabh Bawn.
    • Protection of the natural environment with careful management of replanted trees replacing those removed during construction.
    • Supporting local community projects via the Sliabh Bawn Community Fund.

Sliabh Bawn DAC Community Benefit Fund

 

2020 Sliabh Bawn Community Benefit Fund Now Open for Applications

Sliabh Bawn Power DAC is pleased to announce the opening of the next round of funding for communities located near the Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm.

The Sliabh Bawn Community Benefit Fund (the “Fund”) is now open to receive applications until Friday 29th January 2021, and is available to community and voluntary groups, non-profit groups, or organisations with a charitable status.

The Fund provides support to the cumulative value of €2 million for the operational lifetime of the wind farm, and seeks to prioritise projects and initiatives that support and benefit the area surrounding Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm by providing financial support to local groups, helping them to deliver beneficial projects and initiatives which fall within one or more of the broad themes of:

  • Recreation
  • Social Sustainability
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Tourism

The value of the fund for 2020 is €89,862 inclusive of indexation.

To submit an application, please follow this LINK.

Click HERE to view the 2020 funding guidelines.

The administration of the Fund changed from 2018 awards.   An expanded management panel has been established including eight local community representatives, SECAD and Sliabh Bawn Power DAC.  This natural and timely approach was a key recommendation of a 2018 review of the fund.   SECAD will continue to provide administration and governance as before in addition to requested capacity building programs for those residents interested in volunteering their time.

If you would like to view the full details of beneficiary projects from 2015 -2019, please click HERE.

Recreation Facilities

 

In September 2017, the world class recreation facilities at Sliabh Bawn were publically opened. These trails provide more than 28km of way-marked trails for walking, running and horse riding. Visitor numbers have risen sharply, by more than 80% since completion, which we warmly welcome.

Facilities include;

  • Six looped, way-marked trails for walking and fitness.
  • Monastery track upgrade with new links and signage
  • Equestrian Trail – the first ever designated equestrian trail on Coillte land
  • Two km Trim Trail with outdoor exercise equipment
  • Raised viewing platform close to the summit with interpretive signage
  • Picnic Area
  • Upgraded car parking

See the Sliabh Bawn Recreation map here :

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