It is important that operational wind farms play a positive role to benefit and enhance the communities they are in. Should Braemore Wind Farm be approved, a Community Benefit Fund would be established to be invested and spent locally.
For example, the fund could create local visitor attractions or carry out environmental improvements to promote the local area and initiatives to bring benefits to local people.
Community Benefit Funds controlled by local people
The majority of our wind farms in the UK have a benefit or trust fund in place before the wind farm begins producing electricity.
Community Benefit Funds are created to provide an opportunity to support local projects identified by local people. Each fund receives an annual income over the lifespan of the wind farm with decisions on spending made by the local community.
Benefit funds that are established for operational wind farms are usually administered by an independent community benefit fund foundation. Decisions on individual grant applications are considered by panels incorporating members of various local organisations such as:
Community or Parish Council's;
local charities; or
Please download the below brochure for examples of how Community Benefit Fund monies have been spent.