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Unlock our Future Fund: Open for Applications

14 February 2020

Applications are now open for charities and community groups across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire to apply for funding from the second round of the Unlock our Future Fund which supports projects focused on environmental sustainability. The deadline for applications is 13 April 2020.

The Fund is provided by Vattenfall, who have committed to investing annually £150,000 to a community benefit scheme for the lifetime of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). A local panel of community champions has been established to make decisions about the fund, with Foundation Scotland being appointed fund administrator.

The Panel Chair, Hamish Vernal said “We received many innovative and exiting proposals last year from communities finding new routes to a fossil-free future. The projects we funded are now making a difference on the ground in communities across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.”

One of the organisations funded in the first round, Tigh a’Chomainn Camphill, which provides specialist independent care to adults with complex needs, was able to purchase an electric vehicle. Tom Marx from Tigh a’Chomainn Camphill said, "Having an electrical vehicle has enabled us to more than half the number of miles we were previously doing in diesel vehicles and has taken one of our diesel vehicles entirely off the road. Our residents are very proud of the electric car and are keen to see all of our vehicles swapped to electric vehicles. Our residents enjoy going to town and appointments in the Leaf and like that it is very quiet."

Tigh A’Chomainn Camphill Limited Plus Panel Members 2

Picture: Liz Hodge of the Fund Panel, Marty Herretty, David Craig, Ronnie Leggett, all of Tigh a'Chomainn Camphill Limited, and Lori Manson and Donna Speed of the Fund Panel, receiving the award.

Two information sessions have been organised for those who want to find out more about the Fund and get help with applications. At these sessions potential applicants will be able meet members of the Panel, Foundation Scotland representatives and other key organisations and funders who can support groups to develop their project ideas.

For further information see Unlock our Future Fund.

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