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We are delighted to announce that we have secured a share of funding made available through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

The Centre has been awarded a CCF grant totalling £32,731.

The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.

The Energy Efficiency Project will be run by our volunteers and, in addition to enhancing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions at the Centre itself, it will offer free support in the wider community to help people improve their knowledge about climate change and its impacts. The project has committed to delivering tailored workshops to residents, businesses, community groups and to local schoolchildren to boost climate change literacy within Lewis and Harris. Attendance at a training course “Carbon Literacy for Communities” forms another part of our commitment to the project.

In terms of the building improvement planned, the key elements of our project include: installation of thermal curtains to the large glazed areas within the Centre; two areas of loft insulation; lowering two room ceilings; improved thermostatic controls (tamper protection) in all spaces; upgrading all light fittings to LED; fitting of insulation to steel beams to reduce previously identified thermal bridging.

The building enhancements will deliver a more sustainable community building - with reduced energy costs over the long-term, a lower carbon foot-print and facilitating a welcoming venue and affordable hire costs. Beneficiaries will include the various user groups at the Centre and the wider Lewis community who hire the venue eg Youth Club, Over 60’s Group, Dementia Café group, Mother & Toddler group; and other charity hirers. We hope that maintenance of affordable hire charges will help to sustain user and attendance levels at all events within the Centre.

Agnes Rennie, Chairperson of Clan Macquarrie Community Centre said:

“We are delighted to have secured grant support from the CCF. Improving climate change literacy is vitally important and Clan Macquarrie is pleased to be able to make a contribution to that within our own community.

A key aspect of our Project is to help improve the knowledge within the Lewis and Harris area, of a variety of audiences, of climate change and its impacts. We are on our own journey of steadily reducing carbon emissions through various energy efficiency measures. We have made decent progress since the Centre opened 10 years ago and the additional measures now made possible with the support of the CCF grant will deliver even greater savings – we look forward to sharing the story of our journey and to helping other individuals and organisations consider what they might be able to achieve themselves with regard to reducing carbon emissions ”

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and provides tailored support to grant recipients.

Fiona Jarvis, Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“We congratulate Clan Macquarrie Community Centre for securing funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and encourage the local community to take advantage of support available through the Energy Efficiency Project.

“We look forward to supporting Clan Macquarrie Community Centre as they implement their project and empowering many more communities to take action on climate change. We see it as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable.”

The CCF has awarded over 1,100 grants since its introduction in 2008, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency. Total CCF funding since 2008 has exceeded £104 million.

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The Clan Macquarrie Community Centre (CMCC) in Borve has recently seen completion of insulation and draught-proofing measures which have made a significant difference to the ambience of the Centre.

The work was completed under the auspices of the Outer Hebrides Community Energy Fund (OHCEF),  which is administered by Community EnergyScotland.

The OHCEF grant scheme is designed to support and fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the Outer Hebrides that contribute to community sustainability.  The eighteen month scheme was managed and administered by Community Energy Scotland, offering communities the opportunity to access a grant of up to £30,000. Partners Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Leader each awarded £125,000 towards the fund. This grant scheme is designed to support:

Community groups that own, manage, and maintain facilities to become more energy efficient and make a lasting difference in the community;

Community groups assessing the feasibility of a renewable energy project and;

Community groups aiming to learn more about energy efficiency and renewables through education and awareness raising.

The Committee at CMCC is very pleased with the early results evident from the work undertaken and would like to thank sincerely the team at CES and also The Energy Advisory Service ( TEAS) in Stornoway, who undertook the initial assessment and completed the works, for their support with the completion of the project.

At the Volunteer Awards 2012 hosted at Lews Castle college on Tuesday 5th June, the Voluntary Organisation of the Year Award went to the Clan MacQuarrie Community Centre.

Volunteer Award 2012

Donald Macdonald (Chair) and Elenor Macleay (Vice Chair) attended the ceremony. Donald expresses thanks on behalf of the committee "Clan MacQuarrie were delighted just to have been nominated for this Award. Winning it was very much unexpected but, reflecting on it now, it's fantastic to get recognition for the hard work that the whole community puts into making the Centre a focal point for bringing people in the area together on a regular basis. We would like to thank those who nominated us for the award. Our thanks also to The Volunteer Centre for the recognition".

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