NorthConnect Legacy Fund


The NorthConnect Legacy Fund is provided by NorthConnect, a joint venture company, set up to develop, build, own and operate an electrical interconnector between Scotland and Norway.  For more information on NorthConnect see

The Fund is a charitable fund to support community groups and individuals that benefit residents living within a 10 mile radius of the planned interconnector (“the Area of Benefit”).  A map showing the Area of Benefit is here.

The initial donation to the NorthConnect Legacy Fund in 2017 was £10,000. Due to the level of interest and the number of worthwhile projects seeking funding, the Fund has been increased for 2018 to £20,000. 

Groups, organisations and individuals working to benefit people in the Area of Benefit may apply to the Fund.  Your group can either have a constitution (a governing document or set of rules) or be an informal group with no constitution, and must be set up on a not-for-profit basis.  It does not need to be a registered charity to apply. Inaddition, individuals, if they plan to carry out work for the benefit of the community, are also eligible to apply. Foundation Scotland receives and processes grant applications but decisions are made by a separate decision-making Panel.

For more information about the Fund, and what projects the Fund will support and not support, please read the Fund Factsheet.

Making A Difference

The aims of the Fund are:

• To provide sustainable support to the communities and stakeholders living, working and playing in the vicinity of the NorthConnect infrastructure including: the converter station, HVAC and HVDC cabling both on and offshore.

• To support sustainable energy use and production.

• To support sustainability, energy, environment, health and wellbeing education.

• To increase participation in and access to contemporary culture, events and recreational activities in an environmentally sensitive manner.

• To preserve and enhance the natural environment for residents and visitors to the area.


Application closing date

Application decision date

21 January 2019

Early March 2019






How to Apply

Please read the Fund Factsheet before downloading and completing the application form, and return to Foundation Scotland, 15 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DL.

If you have any queries email


Latest Grants

Hatton Cruden School

  • Amount Awarded: £670
  • To purchase equipment in order to host a monthly community cafe in Hatton School

Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust

  • Amount Awarded: £1000
  • To contribute to the purchase of an outboard engine for a rescue boat

Peterhead Sea Cadets

  • Amount Awarded: £1000
  • To contribute to the purchase of waterproof jackets

Boddam Community Council

  • Amount Awarded: £1255
  • To contribute to the cost of ground explorations to determine the necessary repairs and works required to improve drainage

Crimond Community Centre

  • Amount Awarded: £500
  • To contribute to the cost of updating the kitchen facilities

Boddam Primary School

  • Amount Awarded: £750
  • To fund health and wellbeing initiaitves at the school across two years, including healthy snacks and visits from relevant experts

Mintlaw Academy Therpaeutic Garden

  • Amount Awarded: £400
  • To contribute to the cost of installing secure fencing around the therapeutic garden

Hatton Area Residents Association

  • Amount Awarded: £500
  • To contribute to the cost of enhancing the play park with new equipment for younger children

Cruden Bay Community Association

  • Amount Awarded: £1100
  • To introduce secure controlled access to Mill Park through digital locks and website booking

St Fergus Primary School

  • Amount Awarded: £575
  • To extend the community garden in order to promote a range of learning opportunites accessible to families year round

Make it Happen

  • Amount Awarded: £550
  • To contribute to tutor costs and materials to enable the group to run its language cafe for a term

Longhaven School Parent Council

  • Amount Awarded: £500
  • To support participation in the J Rock extra curricular event on 26 March 2018

Mintlaw Public Hall

  • Amount Awarded: £1300
  • To contribute to the cost of insulation and joinery works to convert the loft into storage space for the hall.
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