Unlock our Future Fund


The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is owned and operated by Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited, a subsidiary of Vattenfall, which has committed to a community benefit scheme to benefit projects working within the boundaries of the local authority areas of Aberdeenshire and /or the City of Aberdeen. 

The Unlock our Future Fund provides £150,000 per annum (as at Year 1 – 2018), rising in line with the Retail Price Index, for the life of the wind farm, which is expected to be 20 years.  

It has been agreed that the substation host community in Blackdog will have access to an annual ring-fenced amount.  £15,000 (index-linked) annually, 10% of the overall scheme, will be available to Blackdog for projects or activities that meet the criteria of the Fund. 

For more detailed information about the Fund and examples of projects which may be funded and examples of those which will not be, please read the Fund Strategy.

Making A Difference

The overall purpose of the Fund is to support charitable activity that addresses the following criteria:

  • contribute to a climate smarter world with sustainability at its core;

  • invest in community facilities and activities that are fit for the future and are environmentally sustainable, especially community spaces and transport;

  • encourage projects which are innovative in their delivery. As a major focus of the Fund is innovation and ‘breaking the mould’, the Panel will particularly welcome applications for new ideas and initiatives that either need trying out or where pilot activity has already been successful; 

  • ensure a legacy and lasting impact, which clearly brings benefit to the local community.

All applications must meet all of these four priorities. 

Grants are available in two categories:

  • Small grants of £500 – £2,000. 

  • Large grants of between £2,001 and £15,000.

Large grants may be awarded over a period of up to three years.


The fund is currently closed. Details of future rounds will be announced in due course.   



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