Achieving Impact with Community Benefit

Argyll and Bute Seminar

On the 19th of June 2014, Foundation Scotland and Argyll & Bute Council hosted a seminar in Lochgilphead exploring national policy and trends in community benefit funds from renewables, local governance of funds, and how communities can ensure such funds achieve the most for their area.

More than seventy delegates attended the event, including representatives from community councils and other community organisations, renewables developers, local authority councillors, and others with an interest in how community benefit funds from renewables are delivered.

The seminar explored emerging policy, practice and learning and featured key addresses from developers, community group representatives and third parties involved in administering community benefit funds. Guests were also invited to participate in roundtable discussions throughout the day.

The event focussed on three key topics; ‘What is the policy picture?’, ‘Where is the money is going?’, and ‘How can community benefit funds be managed?’.

Read the final report outlining the key findings.  You can also download the speakers’ presentations from the event using the links below.

Speakers Presentations

Audrey Martin, Argyll and Bute Council
Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Foundation Scotland
Tracey Kennedy, Scottish Power Renewables
Katy Woodington, RWE Innogy UK
Helen Houston, Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
Virginia Sumision, Cairndow Community Childcare
Charles Dixon-Spain, Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust
Tom Black,  Foundation Scotland
Margaret Pratt, West Kintyre Community Council

This was Foundation Scotland’s third seminar on community benefit funding, with previous events being held in P1000281Dumfries & Galloway (Dumfries) in 2013 and Highland (Strathpeffer) in 2012.

Foundation Scotland administers community benefit funds from a number of Scotland’s operational onshore wind farms, in partnership with local communities and renewables developers.

Keen to promote good practice in the design and delivery of such funds, Foundation Scotland facilitated the UKs first community-led charter which sets out some minimum standards that communities can expect from developers, local authorities and other intermediaries who are playing a role in establishing and implementing community benefit funds across Scotland.

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