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Call for local residents to join decision making panel

18 September 2016

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

The new Watten Windfarm Charitable Trust, formed in partnership with Watten Community Council and Foundation Scotland, has been established to allow different funds coming into the community to be managed in a more efficient and effective way.

The new arrangement will replace the current Watten Community Fund whereby the Community Council acts as the Panel and is responsible for decision making.

Eilidh Gunn, one of Foundation Scotland’s local representatives, explained “A Charitable Trust is a way to manage multiple funds which have been pledged for the benefit of a specific community. It provides a single governance structure with simplified administrative processes resulting in a more streamlined application process for potential applicants.”

Jim MacDonald, Chair of the Watten Community Council, said “There are many benefits for us in using this new model. Watten has recently undertaken a Community Action Planning exercise so the community could get together and share ideas about what should be a priority for our Community Funds.”

The new Trust allows up to 12 residents aged 16 or over to serve on the Watten Community Trust Panel for between two – four years. 

Nominees must be 16 and over and resident in the Watten Community Council area.
To find out more about what’s involved in being a Panel member or download a nomination form visit the Foundation Scotland website. Alternatively you can collect a nomination form from:

• The Woodside Store, Watten
• The Community Council Secretary

Nomination forms must be completed and returned to Foundation Scotland by 5pm on Monday 10 October 2016.
In the event of more than 12 nominations being received a drop-in election will be held locally on 26 September 2016. .

For more information contact Eilidh Gunn by email  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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