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Funding Boost for North East Communities

Community groups in the area around Peterhead have been celebrating after being given grants to help support their activity.

Publisert 18.06.2019

NorthConnect, the developers behind a proposed electricity superhighway connecting the North-East and Norway, set up a fund for the benefit of people in Boddam, Longhaven, Cruden Bay, Peterhead, St Fergus, Mintlaw, Burnhaven, Hatton and the surrounding areas. £20,000 has been invested in the Fund in the spring of 2019, and grants have now been announced for seventeen projects. The application process was managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent Scottish grant-making charity.

Twenty applications to the Fund were received in total, and Head of Permitting & Agreements, Richard Blanchfield said those that were not successful or did not manage to apply this time should not be too disappointed, as the NorthConnect Legacy Fund will run another round of funding in the autumn of 2019.

Mark Gardner, Secretary/Treasurer of St Fergus Community Pitch commented: “We are nearing the completion of our community pitch project after a lot of hard work locally. We were unsuccessful with our last application to this Fund, so we are delighted that the Fund has agreed to support us this time to help install solar panels on our changing rooms.”

Richard Blanchfield added: “Applications to this round of funding totalled nearly £28,000 and I am delighted that having doubled the funding available in this round to £20,000 we have been able to support seventeen applications, covering most parts of the Fund area of benefit as well as very different types of community activity. We hope that the grants made will have a lasting benefit for local people.”

For more information about the fund visit

https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/northconnect/