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Clashindarroch Community Fund takes shape

02 December 2014

Communities around Vattenfall's Clashindarroch Wind Farm have called for greater invetsment in the arts as well as planning for the long term future of the area according to Foundation Sotland, the organisation managing the wind farm's £185,000 a year fund.

Other areas of community interest ranged fdrom community services, sustainable transport, rural regeneration to cultural, historic and archeological heritage and an appeal that the money is used dfor longer term economic benefit creating local employment and generating income for the communities.

The advice was given in the lead up to a second round of meetings with over 35 local residents in the North East last week.

As the wind farm has been construcated and readies istself to generage electricity in the next few weeks Foundation Scotland has been gathering the view of people in the area on how to most effectively invest from the fund.

Foundation Scotland is asking people to continue sharing their ideas for how the fund can be used to makie sure as many local residents as posible have influenced the shape of the fund and its priorities.

"These discussion are reaslly on the beginning of a 20 - 25 year converstaion with the community," said Emma Margrett, Foundation Scotland's Community Engagement Executive: "Community priorities will change and its important that the Fund is flexible both in terms of the level of grant it can make and the type of acitivity that can be funded."

Joanne Hutchinson, Vattenfall's Senior Communication Adviser, said: "We're making steady progress towrds making the fund's first investments in 2015 but we want everyone to have a fair chance of getting involved o please get in touch with your ideas.  This is a significan fund and we ant it to make a difference to as many people as possible in the area."

Vattenfall asked Foundation Sotland last yaer to support managemenr of the significant fund on bhelaf of the Cabrach Community Association, Huntly Community Council, Strthbogie Community Council and Tap O Noth Community Council.Anyone wanting to get in touch about the Clashindarroch Community Fund can do so by emailing Emma Margrett from Foundation Scotland - or by call her on 07734 440 920.

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