Applications are once again being invited from local communities to the NorthConnect Legacy fund for 2019.
NorthConnect, the joint venture behind a 665km subsea interconnector, set up the initial £10,000 annual Legacy Fund in 2017, and due to the interest and number of projects applying to the Fund, doubled the pot to £20,000 for the 2018 round of funding. The size of the Fund will again be set at £20,000 for applications in the autumn of 2019.
The fund is administered by Foundation Scotland, an independent Scottish grant-making charity, for the benefit of people in Boddam, Longhaven, Cruden Bay, Peterhead, St Fergus, Mintlaw, Burnhaven, Hatton and the surrounding areas, including local seafaring communities and groups.
The aims of the Fund are:
- To provide sustainable support to the communities and stakeholders living, working and playing in the vicinity of the NorthConnect infrastructure including: the converter station, HVAC and HVDC cabling both on and offshore.
- To support sustainable energy use and production.
- To support sustainability, energy, environment, health and wellbeing education.
- To increase participation in and access to contemporary culture, events and recreational activities in an environmentally sensitive manner.
- To preserve and enhance the natural environment for residents and visitors to the area.
The closing date for this round of applications is 11th October 2019, and decisions will be made in late November. Local groups can apply for up to £1,500 per project.
Richard Blanchfield, Head of Permitting & Agreements at NorthConnect in the UK, said: “NorthConnect had 20 applications in each of 2017 and 2018 and we hope to receive even more good applications this time. Through this Fund NorthConnect can provide funding to help groups create a legacy in the local area.”
Dr Blanchfield added: “NorthConnect is a climate project that will benefit the whole of Scotland once operational. It will help bring down the cost of electricity for the British consumer and at the same time enable the development of even more renewable electricity capacity in Scotland.”
The successful grant applicants in 2018 were: Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust, 2nd Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force, St Fergus Community Pitch, Hatton Public Playing Field and Public Hall, Hatton Amateur Theatrical Society, Peterhead Civic Pride, Meethill Primary School Fundraising Committee, Aden Community Allotment Association, Modo - Circus With Purpose, Collieston Community Development Group, Peterhead Area Community Trust, Rediscover Peterhead, Boddam Recreation Trust, Collieston Offshore Rowing Club, Scottish White Fish Producers Association Ltd, and Anna Ritchie Parent Council.
For further information about how to apply to the Fund visit: https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/NorthConnect or contact Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300.