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Local Groups Share Funding Pot of £75000

30th January 2018

In the latest round of awards from the E.ON Camster Community Fund over £75,000 has been distributed to eleven local projects.

Awards ranged from £255 to hire a bouncy castle for the Watten Pre-School Parents Council annual Christmas party, to £25,000 to Lybster Community Improvement Fundraising Group to contribute to the purchase and installation of equipment to transform the playpark.

The other beneficiaries included: Lybster Outdoor Bowling Club, Friends of Newton Hill Woodland, Watten Improvements Group, Watten School Parent Council, Assynt Mountain Rescue, Caithness Kayak Club, Caithness Voluntary Group, Dunbeath Preservation Trust and the RBLS Wick, Canisbay and Latheron Branch.

Eilidh Gunn, Foundation Scotland's local representative, said, "The E.ON Camster Community Fund continues to make an impact on the projects that matter most to the community. No matter whether they are young or old, local residents are enjoying a wide range of activities and improved local amenities.

She continues, "Key to the fund's success is the group of local volunteers who make up decision making Panel and help decide how the money is spent. The Panel is continually recruiting new members, and we are currently looking for two new members to join the panel. This is a great opportunity for those wishing to support their community and would urge anyone who is interested to get in touch."

The E.ON Camster Community Fund was established to benefit the Community Council areas of Latheron, Lybster and Clyth; Tannach and District; and Watten, to support community groups and charities working in the Fund area that are providing activities or services which benefit the lives of local people.

Nick Taylor, who works for E.ON’s renewable energy business, said: “We’re very proud of our Camster wind farm, which plays an important role in helping Scotland meet its renewable energy targets. On average, it produces enough electricity each year to meet the needs of around 40,000 homes. We believe it’s important that the wind farm’s near neighbours see some direct benefit too, and the E.ON Camster Community Fund is E.ON’s way of ensuring that this happens. Foundation Scotland does a great job of managing the fund on our behalf and we thank them and the community volunteers who get together to decide which local groups and projects benefit. We wish each of these eleven successful applicants well with their activities and projects that we have been able to fund this time."

Foundation Scotland administers the Fund on behalf of the wind farm operator, E.ON. The E.ON Camster Community Fund is expected to distribute at least £150K a year for the operating lifetime of the wind farm

The next deadline for the Fund is 31st March 2018. For more information on the Fund visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/camster

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