Background

The Vattenfall Clashindarroch Community Fund is provided by Vattenfall AB, the owner of the Clashindarroch wind farm in Aberdeenshire, and the Fund has been operating since June 2015. The area of benefit for the Fund is the area covered by the community councils of Huntly, Strathbogie, and Tap o Noth in Aberdeenshire, and Cabrach Community Association in Moray.  The Year Three (2017-2018) donation to the Fund from Vattenfall was £194,221, and this sum is index-linked each year.

The Fund provides grants to support charitable activities by local groups, and decisions are made on applications by a Panel of 12 local people.  Following community consultations in 2014 the priorities were set for the first three years of the Fund as:
  • improve community services and facilities;
  • increase participation in and access to contemporary culture, events and recreational activity;
  • preserve and enhance the natural environment for residents and visitors;
  • promote rural regeneration;
  • celebrate the area's cultural, historic and archaeological heritage.

The Fund cannot fund projects that public bodies such as councils should be paying for e.g. teaching in schools, NHS services, speeding enforcement, etc.


Over the first three years grants have been awarded as follows:
  • improve community services and facilities - 51%
  • contemporary culture, events and recreational activity - 16%
  • preserve and enhance the natural environment for residents and visitors - 2%
  • promote rural regeneration - 28%
  • cultural, historic and archaeological heritage - 3%
A review of the Fund is being carried out after its first three years, and local people are being asked for their views to help shape the priorities for the next few years.  Please answer the following questions.

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* 1. Do you live locally?

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* 3. If you do not live in the Fund area of benefit, what is your connection with it?

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* 4. Do you identify as?

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* 5. What age were you at your last birthday?

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* 6. What do you hope this Fund will achieve for the area over the operating lifetime of the wind farm (expected to be about 25 years in total)?

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* 7. Do you have any fears or concerns about this Fund?

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* 8. What do you value about the local area? What are its strengths?

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* 9. What activities or groups are you involved in locally?

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* 10. Are there any initiatives that you find particularly inspiring or think add real value to the local area?

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* 11. What issues do you see having a significant influence on the area now and in the future?

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* 12. Longer term, what do you think is needed in your local area in the future? What kinds of projects or activities do you think could make a real difference to you and/or others living locally?

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* 13. What are some specific projects you think the Fund could support? These might be projects already happening or ones that are only at the ideas stage.

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* 14. Have you been aware of the Fund before today?

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* 15. Do you know of any local groups or activities whose work has benefited from a grant from the Fund? If so, which one(s)?

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* 16. Could anything be done to enhance the Fund’s profile / visibility locally?

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* 17. Has any group you are involved with applied to the Fund?

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* 18. Has any group you are involved with considered applying to the Fund but decided not to apply? If so, why not?

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* 19. Are there any activities or types of project on which you think the Fund should be spending money?

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* 20. If you have any further comments you would like to add on the Fund – good or bad – please do so here.

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* 21. If you would like to receive further information and updates about the Fund, please provide your contact details here:

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* 22. Foundation Scotland proposes to retain the information submitted by you on its database. We will use the information you give us to help decide the priorities of this Fund going forward. We may also use it to analyse our grant making and for our own research or through the Foundation or others.  We may also use your contact information to send you information about the Fund, other funding opportunities and Foundation Scotland news. 

Do you agree to us using your data for these purposes:

Please complete this survey by 14 October 2018. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us at the address below.

If you would like to receive this questionnaire in a different format – e.g. large print, audio tape, or Braille - or in a different language, please contact Foundation Scotland at: 

Foundation Scotland
15 Calton Road
Edinburgh
EH8 8DL 

Tel: 0131 524 0300
e-mail: communities@foundationscotland.org.uk 

Foundation Scotland is a Scottish registered charity number SC022910.  Company registered number SC152949.  Registered office 15 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DL.

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