Community fund available next month

A community fund is to be made available to groups in Stonehaven, as well as the Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar area.

The Hillhead of Auquhirie Wind Farm Community Fund will open for applications on Wednesday, April 1.

Applications can be made from groups and projects which benefit the communities living in the community council areas of Arbuthnott; Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar; Mearns and Stonehaven District.

Blue Energy, the company who developed the Hillhead of Auquhirie Wind Farm, has established the Community Fund.

It will see £12,240 per year (index linked) available to support local community projects during the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm.

The fund is open for applications until June 30.

A panel made up of representatives from the community council areas along with a representative from Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) will then meet in August to consider applications.

Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the KDP website

They are also available by writing to emailing or telephoning the KDP office at Kincardineshire Development Partnership, 3rd Floor, 42-46 Barclay Street, Stonehaven, AB39 2FX, telephone: 01569 763246, email: