Is your community currently receiving community benefit funds from renewable energy developments or is it likely to in the future?
Argyll and Bute Council and Foundation Scotland hosted a seminar on 19 June 2014 to help communities explore national policy and trends in community benefit, local governance of funds and how communities can ensure such funds achieve the most for their area.
You can download presentations from the day by following the links below:
- Session 1: What is the policy picture?
- Session 2: Where is the money going?
- Session 3: How Can Community Benefit Funds be Managed
- Welcome - Cllr Vivien Dance, Policy Lead for Sustainable Environment, Renewables, and Strategic Tourism
This session provided an outline of current policy and how some of the developers operating within Argyll and Bute deal with community benefit funds.
- Argyll & Bute Council perspective (PowerPoint) -Audrey Martin, Projects and Renewables Manager
- Working with Communities to implement community benefit funds (PowerPoint) - Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Community Investment, Foundation Scotland
- The Developer perspective (1) (PowerPoint) - Tracy Kennedy, Community Liaison Officer, Scottish Power Renewables
- The Developer perspective (2) (PowerPoint) - Katie Woodington, Community Investment Manager, RWE Innogy UK
This session looked at how communities spend the money received from community benefit funds.
- Community-led planning (PowerPoint) - Helen Houston, Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
- Impact case Study (PowerPoint) - Virginia Sumsion, Cairndow Community Childcare
This session discussed three management mechanisms in place within Argyll and Bute. Unfortunately the RWE Innogy An Suidhe Community Fund Panel was unable to attend so the information on a Foundation Scotland Panel was provided by Foundation Scotland themselves.
- Community Trust (PowerPoint) - Charles Dixon-Spain, Colintraive & Glendaruel Development Trust
- Foundation Scotland Panel (PowerPoint) - Unfortunately the An Suidhe Community Fund Panel member was unable to attend so this presentation was provided by Foundation Scotland
- Community Trust under Argyll and Bute Windfarm Trust (PowerPoint) - Margaret Pratt, West Kintyre Community Council
You can find out further information regarding community benefit from the Community Renewables Opportunity Portal.
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