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Aberdeen communities to benefit from new £3m wind farm community benefit fund

14 January 2019

Charities and community groups across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are set to benefit from £3m of funding from the new Unlock our Future Fund which opens for applications today (14th January 2019).

Vattenfall, the operator of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), is annually investing £150,000 to a community benefit scheme for the 20-year lifetime of the pioneering project. A local panel of community champions has been established to make decisions about the fund, with Foundation Scotland being appointed fund administrator.

The fund has four key priorities and all eligible projects must demonstrate how they will meet all four of these priorities:

  • Contribute to a climate smarter world with sustainability at its core
  • Invest in community facilities and/or activities that are fit for the future
  • Be innovative
  • Ensure a legacy and lasting impact which clearly brings benefit to the local
  • community.

A series of drop in sessions has also been organised for those seeking application support. At these sessions potential applicants will be able meet members of the panel, Foundation Scotland representatives and some other key organisations and funders who may be able to support groups with their applications.

Date & time  Venue
14th January 2019 from 3pm-7pm  Balmedie Leisure Centre, AB23 8YF
15th January 2019 from 3pm-7pm  Inverurie Town Hall, AB51 3SN
17th January 2019 from 4pm-8pm  Stonehaven Town Hall, AB39 2BU
21st January 2019 from 3pm-7pm  Aberdeen Science Centre, AB25 1HU
22nd January 2019 from 3pm-7pm  Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre, AB43 9TH

Natalie Ghazi Vattenfall’s Local Liaison Officer for the EOWDC, said: “Over the last couple of years we have been working with local stakeholders and community organisations to shape the £3m Unlock our Future Fund so that it delivers on the needs of local people from across the city and shire. The fund launch gives groups the opportunity to submit innovative, sustainable and fossil fuel free project proposals that will benefit communities across the region. To support applicants we have rolled out a series of application drop in sessions to further explain the vision for this change-making fund. We look forward to seeing community representatives there.”

Closing date for applications to the fund is 15th April. Full details about the fund and how to apply can be found at /programmes/unlock-our-future-fund/ or contact Foundation Scotland local representative Iain Catto t: 0791 275 9525 or email: iainc@foundationscotland.org.uk

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