Wind farm cash goes to local groups
- Aug 11, 2020 10:16 pm GMTAug 12, 2020 12:34 am GMT
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More than £40,000 is being given to groups and individuals in the latest allocation of funding from a Caithness wind farm.
Two Lybster-based organisations are to share over £26,000, while seven awards totalling more than £14,000 will enable individual residents to study online during the Covid-19 pandemic in subjects ranging from primary education to biomedical science.
The awards are the latest to come from RWE Renewables’ Bad á Cheò
As part of the package, Caithness Community Connections will receive £20,000 over two years to deliver youth club sessions. It was established in
The other community project award is £6211 for
RWE says it is committed to investing in the communities around its renewables projects. In 2019, an annual community fund of £133,250 was set up for the operational lifetime of Bad á Cheò
There are three panels that make decisions on funding and these relate to community council areas – this one being the Latheron,
One resident who is benefiting from the education and training funding is
He is studying BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography and Outdoor Education through the
Kieran said: "Thanks to the support from the Bad á Cheò education and training fund, I am able to continue my education with minimal disruption despite current events.
"I would normally do freelance work over the summer to provide funds for my education the following year – but, as I work in the adventure tourism sector, Covid-19 restrictions have made that impossible this summer. The laptop the community fund has provided will enable me to continue studying at the level I need, while being home, and that is fantastic."
"It is always exciting to recognise and celebrate that the education and training fund is changing local residents’ lives by increasing their job opportunities and ability to access training opportunities. It is amazing how diverse and interesting the courses are that local people are undertaking, particularly accessing them online at this challenging time, highlighting that a funding mechanism like this is long overdue."
Foundation Scotland’s Caithness-based community co-ordinator
Deadlines for applications to the community fund will vary across the areas and can be viewed on the