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Call for local residents

20 July 2016

Residents living in the Tannach & District Community Council area are being invited to put themselves forward to serve on the new Tannach & District Community Trust Panel which will make decisions on distributing funds from the new Tannach & District Wind Farm Charitable Trust.

The new Tannach & District Wind Farm Charitable Trust, formed in partnership with Tannach & District Community Council and Foundation Scotland, has been set up to allow various funds coming into the community to be managed in a more efficient and effective way.

Carol Elliot, one of Foundation Scotland’s local representatives, explained that a Charitable Trust is a vehicle through which different funds from different companies or other donors, pledged for the benefit of a specific community, can be managed in an efficient and effective way.

“A Charitable Trust with Foundation Scotland is a single governance and administration arrangement for these funds to be ‘pooled’ under. The Trust model is appropriate for communities in receipt of multiple community funds and is informed by the Foundation’s experience managing single community benefit funds on behalf of developers, in partnership with communities,” she said.

The new Trust and Panel will replace the current Tannach & District Community Fund arrangement where the Community Council currently acts as the Panel.

John Inkster, Chair of the Tannach & District Community Council, said the new model puts the community very much in the driving seat.

“There are many benefits for us in using this new model. It will help our community be more strategic in the use of our funds and enable us to plan for the use of funds as a whole. Through a single arrangement, the community can better use and understand the total amount available at any time,” he said.
The new Trust allows up to 12 residents aged 16 or over to serve on the Tannach & District Community Trust Panel from 2 – 4 years initially. The nomination period opens on Monday (15 August 2016) for three weeks.

To find out more about what’s involved in being a Panel member you can download a Panel member role profile and a nomination form from the Foundation Scotland website. Nominees can put themselves forward but must be 16 and over and resident in the Tannach & District Community Council area.

Alternatively you can collect a nomination form locally from:

Nomination forms must be completed and returned to Foundation Scotland by 5pm on Monday 5 September 2016.

In the event of more than 12 nominations being received a drop-in election will be held locally on 26 September 2016. Everyone 16 and over and resident in the community council area is eligible to vote.

For more information contact Carol Elliot by email carol@foundationscotland.org.uk or telephone Foundation Scotland’s Edinburgh office on 0131 524 0300.

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For further information please contact:

Jacqui Morris t: 0141 341 4960 or email: jacqui@foundationscotland.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Foundation Scotland

The Foundation works with communities help them decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant-making expertise to ensure positive long lasting impact.

Foundation Scotland is trusted by over 250 individuals, families, charitable trusts, companies, communities and public bodies. Our in-depth knowledge of the charitable and community sectors ensures that funding has the greatest value.

Foundation Scotland works with communities and developers, administering over £3M in community benefit payments annually mainly linked to commercially owned and operated onshore wind farms. It works with over 100 community councils and a wide range of developers, supporting the set-up and on-going activities of over 40 community funds.

The Foundation favours a long term view, promotes and harnesses community strengths and supports decision making processes that are inclusive, accountable and community-led.

 

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