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Aberdeen offshore wind farm fund opens for applications

Applications are now open for charities and community groups across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire to apply for funding from the Vattenfall Unlock our Future Fund which supports projects focused on environmental sustainability. The deadline for applications is 29 April 2022.

The fund is provided by Vattenfall, which have committed to investing over £150,000 each year to a community benefit scheme for the lifetime of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). A local panel of community champions has been established to make decisions about the fund, with Foundation Scotland being appointed fund administrator.

The Panel Chair, Dr Susan Osbeck, said:

“The fund has continued to back some very progressive and worthwhile projects throughout the last, difficult, year and we continue to be impressed by the creative ideas applicants are putting forward. We’re looking forward to seeing more examples of the brilliant work that people are doing to improve their communities in this new round of applications.”

Since the fund was launched in 2019, 41 community projects have been awarded a total of £348,987. This has included funding for efficient heating systems and renewable energy generation for community buildings; purchase of electric vehicles to deliver valued community services; and projects which drive innovation, education and behaviour change. Read more about the different projects supported below.

Steven Wares, Operations and Maintenance Manager of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm said:

“The Unlock our Future fund has gone from strength to strength supporting communities to bring forward innovative ideas to tackle climate change in their community. We would encourage anyone with an idea for local climate action to apply and see if the fund can help bring their idea to life”.

A webinar will be held at 7 pm on the 7th of April 2022 for potential applicants to learn about the fund. To register for the webinar or to apply to the fund visit the Vattenfall Unlock our Future fund page.