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£150,000 Windfall for Community Groups

4th June 2013

Following the successful launch last week at Thrumster Hall, Foundation Scotland is encouraging groups and local charities to apply to the newly launched E.ON Camster Community Fund.

Foundation Scotland has been appointed by the wind farm operator, E.ON, to administer the Community Fund. The Foundation will work with communities local to the wind farm site to help them decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant-making expertise to ensure positive long lasting impact.

The funding will benefit charities and community groups in the Latheron, Lybster & Clyth; Watten, and Tannach and District Community Council areas. The Fund is expected to distribute around £150,000 per annum for the next 25 years.

There are three level of awards available starting at £250 for small grants up to in excess of £25K for large scale strategic projects.

Carol Elliot, Foundation Scotlandís local representative said ďWe would encourage as many groups as possible to apply to the fund prior to the closing date of the 1st July.
The Foundation is keen to ensure the money is spent strategically within the area to maximise lasting benefits for all. As such we are holding a consultation with the local community to help determine how the funds should be distributed in the future. The survey is available on our website and is also at Caithness Voluntary Group in Wick. Ē

Grant application forms are available to download from Foundation Scotland website: www.foundationscotland.org.uk/camster, with a closing date of 1st July. It is hoped that the first awards will be made in September.

The survey can be accessed via the webpage www.foundationscotland.org.uk/camster, with an option to complete via surveymonkey or by downloading a hard copy and returning. The consultation period will end on 31 August 2013.

More information about the Fund can be found on the Foundation Scotland website or telephone 0131 524 0300 or email edinburgh[AT]foundationscotland.org.uk

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