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Series of vacancies on Caithness wind farm funding panels


By Alan Hendry

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Turbines at the E.ON Camster wind farm. Picture: Alan Hendry
Turbines at the E.ON Camster wind farm. Picture: Alan Hendry

Vacancies have arisen for local people to serve on several community benefit funding panels linked to Caithness wind farms.

The E.ON Camster Community Fund Panel, which oversees an annual budget of more than £150,000, is seeking one volunteer from the Tannach and District Community Council area, and up to two from the area covered by Latheron, Lybster and Clyth Community Council.

The E.ON Camster panel meets four times a year and at present all meetings are being held through online platforms and teleconferences.

"This is an opportunity to help ensure the fund continues to be spent on projects that provide a real benefit to local communities," said Eilidh Coll, Caithness-based representative of Foundation Scotland. The organisation administers Caithness community benefit funds for seven wind farms.

Anyone interested should contact Eilidh on 07801 530 218 or eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk

There are also opportunities to join the newly formed panels for both the Bad á Cheò Wind Farm Community Fund and the Bad á Cheò Education and Training Fund, covering three community council areas: Latheron, Lybster and Clyth, Halkirk and Watten.

"The deadlines for these opportunities are flexible as each of the three areas operates to different funding deadlines," Eilidh explained.

Anyone interested should again contact her.

Opportunities also exist for anyone living in the Tannach and District Community Council area to join the Tannach and District Wind Farm Charitable Trust, which has up to six vacancies. "New panel members to join this funding panel would be welcome at any time," Eilidh said.

Foundation Scotland administers community benefit funds in Caithness for RWE Bad á Cheò, RWE Bilbster, E.ON Camster, Greencoat Stroupster, Gresham House Wathegar (one and two) and Whirlwind Achlachan. Further information on how to apply to any of these funds can be found on the Foundation Scotland website or by contacting Eilidh Coll.



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