Third Tyrone Charity benefits from Solar cost savings with help from UCIT and Building Change Trust

19 January 2017

Fintona Regeneration Initiative is to benefit from a £10,000 loan from the Building Change Trust Loan Fund to pay the upfront costs incurred during the installation of a PV Panel system for the roof of their buildings.

The organisation which was established in 1985 to promote prosperity and employment opportunities in the County Tyrone town and surrounding area manages the Ecclesville Centre, a popular equestrian, community and leisure complex.

Colm Mc Cullagh, Centre Manager, said “Fintona Regeneration Initiative and the Ecclesville Centre are very grateful to the UCIT Building Change Trust Loan Fund. The Loan helped us install Solar Panels which will benefit the centre for the next 20 years and will really help reduce our Energy Bills”.

Community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, sports clubs and social enterprises are being encouraged to access the loan scheme which is being funded by Building Change Trust, who were established in 2008 by the Big Lottery Fund with an endowment of £10million, and managed by Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT).

The £350,000 fund provides small unsecured loans of £1,000 - £25,000 which cannot currently be raised from traditional sources. The loans can be used for a wide range of purposes, including buildings and repairs, equipment purchase, making facilities more energy efficient or funding shortfalls in larger grant assisted projects. 

Further information about the scheme is available by contacting UCIT on 028 9031 5003 or visiting

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