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Fossil free funding energises North East communities

24 July 2019

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An innovative funding programme has revealed its first round of awards to local community groups across the North East which are working towards a fossil fuel free life.

The £150,000 a year Unlock our Future Fund, provided by Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay - was designed following community feedback to focus on projects and activities that support local communities in the shift to a climate smarter world.

Community owned electric vehicles, low carbon heating for community centres, support for community innovators upcycling gardening equipment, as well as a new indoor teaching beehive and local seed swap project are among the first winners selected by a panel of Community Champions.

Natalie Ghazi, Vattenfall’s Local Liaison and Project Communicator said: “We want this funding to bring a lasting legacy to the region, and what better way than to be able to support local communities to accelerate their journey to fossil free living. It’s great to see the creative and innovative ideas and projects from the local community that will now come to life through the Unlock our Future Fund.”

The Community Champions Panel chair Hamish Vernal added: “It was a very competitive first round of funding, and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply. Aberdeen and the surrounding areas have a reputation as a home of innovation for good reason, and that passion for innovation shone through in the successful applications - forward thinking community groups looking and readying for a sustainable, fossil free future.”

The application process has been managed by Foundation Scotland an independent grant-making charity.  The next application round will open in early 2020.  More information about the fund is available at /programmes/unlock-our-future-fund/

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