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We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

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We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

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Power cable sparks north east community fund: NorthConnect establishes legacy fund in Peterhead area

05 September 2017

The developers behind an electricity superhighway connecting the north east and Norway are calling on local people this week to apply for funding from a new community investment fund.

NorthConnect, the 655km subsea interconnector, is setting up the £10,000 Legacy Fund, to be administered by Foundation Scotland, for the benefit of people in Boddam, Longhaven, Cruden Bay, Peterhead, St Fergus, Mintlaw, Burnhaven, Hatton and the surrounding areas.

Richard Blanchfield, the Deputy Project Manager at NorthConnect, said: “NorthConnect has established the £10,000 NorthConnect Legacy Fund to support local causes. We hope it will have a lasting benefit for local people so we’re really pleased to get the fund up and running.

“NorthConnect will also benefit the whole of Scotland. Once operational in 2021, it will help bring down the cost of electricity for the British consumer and at the same time enable the development of more renewable electricity capacity in Scotland.”

The fund will distribute £10,000 initially and will be managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent Scottish grant-making charity. The closing date for this round of applications is 13 October 2017, with awards to be made in late November. Local groups can apply for up to £1,500 each. A second investment of £10,000 is to be made in 2018.

For further information about how to apply to the Fund visit /programmes/NorthConnect or contact Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300.

If given the go ahead, the strategically important interconnector will have a capacity of 1400MW, will be approximately 655km in length and will allow electricity to be traded between UK, Norway, and continental Europe. The interconnector will be routed from Simadalen in Norway, across the North Sea to Long Haven Bay, just south of Peterhead.

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Media contact: Jason Ormiston; jason.ormiston@vattenfall.com; 07794524801
For more information on NorthConnect visit: http://northconnect.no/

Notes
NorthConnect is jointly owned by Swedish energy group Vattenfall and three Norwegian companies, E-CO Energi, Agder Energi and Lyse.
NorthConnect is expected to support around 200 local jobs through construction and five local jobs throughout its 60-years or more operational life.

 

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