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Community fund in Ross-shire seeks panel figures

By Hector MacKenzie

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The grants are funded through contributions from a Ross wind farm operator.
The grants are funded through contributions from a Ross wind farm operator.

PEOPLE who live, work or volunteer in the Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon Community Council area are invited to help make decisions on funding for local projects from the EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

Decisions on awards, as well as on fund priorities and strategy, are made by a panel of local volunteers who meet twice a year and receive ongoing support from independent grant making body, Foundation Scotland

There are currently four panel vacancies and people are invited to nominate themselves if they would like to get involved. No particular skills are required – just an interest in the local area and a desire to see the fund put to good use.

A full induction is given to new members.

The fund is available to groups working to benefit the local area who can apply for grants from £250 to £5000. Awards can be made for projects which will help create a vibrant and sustainable place to live, promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

Since the fund was established in November 2019, awards totalling over £20,000 have been made to help run and maintain local halls, to improve the playpark and to deliver outreach gymnastic classes. Recently an award was made to Fairburn Hall committee to organise a series of outdoor activities for children during the summer holidays, including kayaking and cycling.

For further information about how to apply to become a panel member visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/about-us/our-news/marybank-fund-invites-local-panel-members

Deadline for nominations is August 2. For information on the fund, and how to apply, visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk or phone Marion McDonald on 07912 759524.

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