Beatrice Partnership fund launches next round in Highland and Moray

Pictured above: Lisa Farley, Scottish Dolphin Centre Officer and Marianne Townsley, SSE’s Community Fund Manager

SSE has opened the next round of its ‘Partnership’ fund for Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, making £600,000 available to support transformative community projects in both Highland and Moray.

The Partnership fund, worth a total of £3m over a five year period, is now inviting applications from non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities from the area.

Successful projects will have the potential to deliver transformational social, economic and environmental changes in the local area whilst supporting long term community development. 

The 588MW, 84 turbine Beatrice offshore wind farm is currently under construction in the Outer Moray Firth, with the site due to be operational next year.

Fraser Grieve, Chair of the Beatrice Partnership fund panel, said: “We are delighted to announce the next round of the Beatrice Partnership fund in both Highland and Moray is now open for applications. The projects the panel funded during the last rounds are thriving, and the fund provides an excellent opportunity for communities to realise their ambitions and build stronger local economies.

“The purpose of the fund is to support activities that will enhance the area and it has the potential to provide real and significant benefits to the local community over the coming years. We are very much looking forward to receiving strong applications that will make a real difference for both areas.”

Alison Rose, Scottish Dolphin Centre Manager in Spey Bay, said: “The team at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre were absolutely delighted to be awarded £46,544 from the Beatrice Partnership Fund in 2017. These funds are enabling us to realise a long-term dream of extending our opening season into the winter months, by installing a biomass boiler to heat the visitor centre. This will be a real step change for the Dolphin Centre, enabling tourists, the local community and schools to use our facilities all year and is something we are hugely excited about.”

In order to be eligible for funding, projects will achieve one or more of the following priority themes:

  • Creating opportunities – increased opportunities for education and employment
  • Empowering communities – build resilience and protect vulnerable residents
  • Building sustainable places – stimulation of meaningful community regeneration

The deadline for applications is noon on Thursday 5 July 2018.

The application form, fund guidelines and contact details can be found on the Beatrice Partnership fund page.