Watten Charitable Windfarm Trust

Background

The Watten Windfarm Charitable Trust, formed in partnership between Watten Community Council and Foundation Scotland, has been set up to allow funds from different companies or donors, pledged for the benefit of the Watten community, to be managed in an efficient and effective way. The current Donors are:

  • Gresham House Asset Management, owner of Wathegar Wind Farm, current Fund balance £46,700.
  • Gresham House Asset Management, owner of Wathegar 2 Wind Farm, current Fund balance £39,280
  • Innogy Renewables UK Limited, developer of Bilbster Wind Farm, current Fund balance £3,974. 
  • Other Donors may contribute in the future.

 

The Trust is managed by Foundation Scotland but decisions on awards are made by a local Panel of up to 12 Watten residents, including two Community Councillors, with local knowledge and interests. Panel Members serve for between two and four years.

During 2016, an independent consultant was commissioned, funded by Local Energy Scotland, to produce a Community Development Plan. This work helped to identify what the community considers to be the local priorities for investment and what it wanted to see the Watten Charitable Windfarm Trust achieve. The key findings from this exercise have led to the outcomes for the Trust.

The E.ON Camster Community Fund also covers this community council area and is administered by Foundation Scotland.

 

Making A Difference

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

The outcomes are as follows:

  • Encourage community activity, promote community spirit, and increase opportunities for socialising

  • Improve the ability of groups/organisations to meet local priorities

  • Improve telephone and broadband connections

  • Provide or improve access to, and enjoyment of, the local environment

  • Provide or improve opportunities for people to develop as individuals, make connections and improve their life chances.

  • Provide or improve sports and recreational facilities or activities.

The following case study demonstrates the impact the fund is having on the community

1st Watten Guides

Timescales

The Trust operates two funding rounds per year. Deadlines have been designed to compliment the E.On Camster Community Fund. The deadlines are:

 

Closing date for applications

Panel decision date

30th June

Early September

31st December

Late February

How to Apply

Grant are available from £250 to £10,000.

Please read the fund factsheet  prior to applying online or by downloading the application form.

If you have any questions please contact Eilidh Gunn on 07801 530 218 or eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk

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.

Applicants often ask Foundation Scotland’s advice about information required for accounts and financial information. View further guidance and useful information.

 

 

Grants

Latest Grants

Watten Luncheon Club

  • To fund the club's summer outing over the next three years.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,350

Watten School Parent Council

  • To fund transport to Dalguise Activity Centre for P7 pupils.
  • Amount Awarded; £4,380

Watten Community Council

  • To purchase compost and plants for planters around the village.
  • Amount Awarded; £1,315.98

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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