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Local residents wanted to help advise and support new community fund

07 February 2013

 

Local residents wanted to help advise and support new community fund

Residents living in Donside Community Council areas of Kildrummy, Lumsden and Towie, are being recruited to be part of a new local community panel to decide on how a new community fund should be distributed. The fund will be provided by RENERCO Renewable Energy Concepts AG, the company developing the Kildrummy Wind Farm. The Kildrummy, Lumsden and Towie Community Fund will provide a minimum of £20,000 per year into these communities.

Nominations are invited from residents, who are interested to represent the community on the Fund’s Community Panel when funds become available for community projects later this year.

Foundation Scotland, formerly the Scottish Community Foundation (SCF) has been appointed by the wind farm operator, RENERCO, to manage the community fund. The Foundation will draw on its grant-making and community development expertise to support the Panel who decide how funds should be allocated.

Representatives of Donside Community Council have been working with Foundation Scotland to establish the fund and recruiting the Panel is a critical next step. The Community Action Plan which is being developed by community representatives and facilitated by Marr Area Partnership, will help to inform how these funds could be used.

The eight member panel will consist of two representatives from each of the three communities, plus two Donside Community Council representatives from other parts of the wider Donside Community Council area. Interested individuals can download a nomination form at www.foundationscotland.org.uk Nominations should be supported and signed by two other community members who are not related to the nominee.

The nomination period for the 6 places available to residents runs from 5th - 25th February.

Completed nomination forms should be returned by post to Foundation Scotland by 25th February. Community members attending the Community Action Plan meeting on 26th February (7pm, Lumsden Hall) will have the chance to hear briefly from each nominee and vote on their preferred candidate if more than two nominations are received from any of the areas. Everyone on the electoral role for the Donside Community Council area is eligible to vote.

For further information or questions please contact Rachel Searle-Mbullu at Foundation Scotland on 0141 341 4961 or via rachel@foundationscotland.org.uk.

 

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