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£23K Windfall To Support Local Area

17 June 2013

Community groups, local charities and businesses in Kildrummy, Lumsden and Towie are being encouraged to apply to the new community fund provided by BayWa r.e UK Ltd. The Fund is expected to distribute around £23K in 2013.

Foundation Scotland has been appointed by the wind farm operator to administer the Community Fund. The Foundation will work with a Panel of local community members to decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant making expertise, and with an ambition to ensure positive long lasting impact.

The Fund has been established in tandem with a local community action plan, which has identified the following priority themes as critical to building strong and sustainable communities:

1. Supporting Community Services and Facilities
2. Enhancing Adult learning, Employment and Training
3. Developing Tourism
4. Improving access and environment
5. Supporting children and young people
6. Improving community communication
7. Improving local transport

Rachel Searle Mbullu, Foundation Scotland’s Head of Community Investment, said “An Action Plan was drawn up between local groups and organisations, with support from the Marr Area Partnership, to help identify the issues that were important to the community. The Kildrummy, Lumsden and Towie Community Fund is now ideally placed to support local groups, organisations and businesses that are keen to make this action plan a reality. We encourage as many groups as possible to apply to the fund prior to the closing date of the 31st July. Whether there is a further round this year will depend on how much of the fund is distributed in this first round.”

The Foundation is applying a model of distribution that it has facilitated across over 25 community benefit funds in different Scottish communities. This involves working with a local panel who are best placed to prioritise projects of greatest impact and long lasting benefit to the community.

Katy Hogg, BayWa r.e. UK said, “ BayWa r.e.UK is committed to delivering good quality, sustainable, renewable energy projects and sharing the benefit of locally generated green energy. We look forward to working with neighbouring communities to enhance opportunities and encourage investment in local initiatives.”


Grant application forms are available to download  with a closing date of 31st July.

More information about the Fund can be found on the Foundation Scotland website or telephone 0131 524 0300 or email edinburgh@foundationscotland.org.uk


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For further information please contact Jan Torrance or Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland Tel: 0141 341 4960

Note to Editors:

BayWa r.e

BayWa r.e., a 100% subsidiary of BayWa AG (Munich), is responsible for BayWa group’s renewable energy business. BayWa r.e. was founded in 2009 and acts as a holding company for various business interests in the areas of solar, wind energy, bio-energy and geothermal energy.

BayWa r.e.’s business activities range from project development and realisation to retail and consulting services. The company covers the entire spectrum of technical plant support services. BayWa r.e. also specializes in the commercial and technical operations management of renewable energy plants. The company has an international focus with its core markets in Europe and the USA.

BayWa AG is a trading company operating on an international platform. Its main business sectors are agriculture, construction material and energy. Shares in the company are traded on the MDAX exchange (German Mid-Cap Index).

 

 

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