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Five years of grant-making having a major impact!

12 November 2018

Since making its first awards in 2013, the E.ON Camster Community Fund has distributed over £550,000 to groups across the three Community Council areas of Latheron, Lybster & Clyth, Tannach & District and Watten.

The Fund has had an impact on the whole community - be it supporting community activities, supporting those who are vulnerable e.g. Caithness Voluntary Group who received funding to operate their Befriending project, to helping organisations meet demand and recruit new staff e.g. Lybster Daycare Association; to improving local assets e.g. upgrading of village halls which the whole community can enjoy.

However, its impact, is not just restricted to the three community council areas Caithness wide projects are also benefitting, with 22% of the fund being spent across the area. Awards have included £12,300 to RBLS Wick, Canisbay and Latheron Branch to purchase marquees for the Mey Games, and the £2,800 awarded to the Caithness Kayak Club to buy new boats and safety equipment.

An interesting development has been the creation of a Caithness Event Resource Bank to support organisations hosting events. This contains all known assets which are available to groups to borrow or hire. Examples include marquees, crowd barriers, tables, chairs, portable event toilets, a menu board and a 14 seater mini bus. For details on the list visit /communities/funds/camster-fund-news/

Nick Taylor, who works for E.ON’s renewable energy business, helped develop its Camster wind farm. He said: “We’re proud of Camster wind farm, the contribution it has made to green energy being generated in Scotland and the benefit brought more locally through the E.ON Camster Community Fund.

“Under the management of Foundation Scotland and with the contribution of committed local volunteers, many deserving projects have received funding over the past five years, bringing significant improvements and better facilities to the local community. We’re delighted to have been able to share the success of our wind farm through the E.ON Camster Community Fund, and grateful to Foundation Scotland for the vital role it has played in this.”

Foundation Scotland administers the Fund on behalf of the wind farm operator, E.ON. The E.ON Camster Community Fund can distribute up to £150K a year for the operating lifetime of the wind farm.

Eilidh Gunn, Foundation Scotland’s local representative, said, “The Panel is committed to ensuring the Fund is working at its best. Each application is given due consideration and the Panel does its best to make the right decision at the time. It was very interesting to stop and take stock of the previous five years’ awards. I very much look forward to seeing the applications coming forward in the future”

Further information on the Fund can be viewed on the Foundation Scotland website at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/camster.

 

 

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