E.ON Camster

Community Fund

The developer of the Camster Windfarm, E.ON, is providing a Fund for the residents in the Community Council areas of:

• Latheron, Lybster and Clyth;
• Watten; and
• Tannach and District.

E.ON will contribute at least £150,000 per annum for 25 years or the lifetime of the wind farm (Year 1 of the Fund began September 2013). This amount is split equally between the three Community Council areas benefiting from the Fund.

The Fund is managed by Foundation Scotland but decisions on awards are made by a local Panel of 12 people comprising of four representatives from each of the three Community Council areas. Each four is made up of one Community Councillor and three members appointed from the wider community.

A detailed profile of the communities within the area served by the Fund has been prepared by Foundation Scotland, in partnership with Caithness Voluntary Groups and Latheron, Lybster & Clyth Community Development Company. The Profile provides information on: the social, economic and environmental status of the area; the key opportunities and challenges faced by local communities, and; the priorities and views of local residents, businesses and groups. Information from the Profile has informed the development of the Fund Priorities.

Download a copy of the community profile here.

Making A Difference

The Panel has set the following outcomes (the differences that the Fund will seek to bring about for people and groups within the area of benefit) which will guide funding decisions to ensure the Fund delivers lasting improvements for the communities:

1. There are more and better opportunities to take part in sports and recreational pursuits
2. Access to and through settlements is safer
3. People of all ages enjoy more, better and varied activities and services
4. Community life is enhanced and maintained through a wide range of activities, events and improved amenity of settlements
5. Economic activity is encouraged within the Fund area
6. People have more vocational skills and experience
7. The natural and cultural heritage is more valued, experienced and understood by both visitors and residents
8. Energy use in homes and community buildings is more sustainable
9. Tourism opportunities are promoted and created in the Fund area

The following case studies provides examples of how the fund is making a difference to the community:

North Lands Glass

Tannach and District Microgrants

Watten Improvements Group

Bilbster and Thuster Village Hall

Timescales

There are two rounds of grant-making per Fund year with the following deadlines:

For small grants of £250 - £10,000
31 March and 30 September
For main grants of £10,001 - £25,000
31 March and 30 September
For large grants over £25,000
31 March and 30 September 

Applicants should be aware, if a funding round has been oversubscribed, there may be limited funds to distribute.  In this case, it may be necessary to defer payment of the award.

How to Apply

For small grants £250-£10,000 read the guidelines prior to applying online or downloading the application form.
For standard grants £10,001-£25,000 read the guidelines prior to  applying online  or downloading the application form.
For large grants of over £25,000 please call or e-mail Eilidh Gunn (07801 530 218 / eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk) to discuss before submitting a standard application form.

For more information download the Fund Factsheet

If you require any assistance to complete an application form please contact Caithness Voluntary Group on 01955 603 453 or visit www.cvg.org.uk.

Grants

Latest Grants

Thrumster Parent Council

  • To contribute to the cost of installing a multi-use games area at Thrumster Primary School.
  • Amount Awarded: £19,000

Tannach and District Community Council

  • To contribute to the cost of carrying out scoping, preparatory and investigative work, including seeking planning permission and location of 4 map information panels sited at local points of interest.
  • Amount Awarded: £600

Tannach and District Community Council

  • To provide a tidy up service to all the larger villages in the community council area, improving unmaintained areas.
  • Amount Awarded: £8,250

1st Lybster Brownies

  • To contribute to the cost of a camping trip for 7 group members on the Black Isle.
  • Amount Awarded: £145

Yarrows Heritage Trust

  • To improve pedestrian and equipment access to the Swartigill Iron Age settlement site.
  • Amount Awarded: £550

Wick Youth Club

  • To employ a member of staff to oversee the opening and running of Rosebank playing fields and to purchase equipment which will be used in the group's holiday clubs.
  • Amount Awarded: £9,000

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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