Achieving Impact with Community Benefit

On Tuesday 27th August 2013, over 80 delegates came together at Easterbook Hall, Dumfries to share learning on community benefit funding from renewable energy developments. The event was organised and facilitated by Foundation Scotland, which currently works alongside nearly seventy community councils throughout Scotland on community benefit funds. 

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Delegates from community councils, local councillors and development organisations were invited to come along and discuss how best to achieve impact with community benefit funding.

Speakers included community representatives from other areas keen to share their experiences with communities in the Dumfries and Galloway area.

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism also addressed delegates, outlining the Scottish Government’s policy on community benefits and the support they are putting in place to help communities and developers reach agreement on how those funds are delivered.

This was Foundation Scotland’s second seminar on community benefit funding; the first was held last year in Strathpeffer and brought together a similarly wide range of experience.

The day long programme explored emerging policy, practice and learning around what is being increasingly recognised as an unprecedented opportunity for communities. Delegates participated in roundtable discussions throughout the day and also got the opportunity to ask questions of speakers and other guests.

Seminar reports, speakers’ presentations and other information.

Seminar Report 1 – An Executive Summary
Seminar Report 2 – A Full Report

Speakers Presentations

 Claire Addison, AES Wind Generation

David Hannah, Panel Member, SSE & E.On Community Funds Panel (SSE Achany and E.On Rosehall Funds)
Giles Ruck, Chief Executive Foundation Scotland
Duncan Saunderson, Glencairn Community Council, Additional notes on Glencairn Community Council Wind Farm Fund


Further Information

The CARES programme has been established by the Scottish Government and offers grant, loans and advice to encourage local and community ownership of renewable energy across Scotland. CARES can also provide grants of up to £10,000 to communities looking to develop an action plan or strategy in relation to community benefit funds they may be receiving or likely to receive. The programme is delivered by Local Energy Scotland, a nationwide consortium dedicated to enabling community and local uptake of renewable energy projects.

Foundation Scotland offers a service in community profiling and fund frameworks, and the development of community plans. 


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