Community benefit scheme

Vattenfall have committed to an annual investment of £150,000 towards a community benefit scheme which will run for the lifetime of the EOWDC (20 years).

Our vision is to have an innovative approach which will foster a positive, sustainable impact in the communities associated with the wind farm. 

We are working with the local stakeholders to maximise the benefits the fund can bring to the area. 

In 2017 we commissioned a benchmark study, by Dr. Claire Haggett of the University of Edinburgh, an internationally recognised expert on offshore renewable community funds.A Socio-Economic Study carried out by Oxford Brookes University, established a baseline and provided recommendations and next steps for establishing and maximising the fund. We used the outcome of this research to inform and advise our stakeholder meetings and community questionnaire.

The community benefit scheme questionnaire submissions closed on Wednesday 28th February.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts on how to establish the EOWDC’s community benefit scheme. The contributions and suggestions we have received are invaluable and will help to shape and maximise the community benefit scheme.

We are delighted with the response and will spend the next couple of months reviewing comments and suggestions. If you have any thoughts or feedback that you would like to be captured during this analysis process please contact our Local Liaison and Project Communicator, Natalie Ghazi at

Locals having their say about the community benefit scheme

The next steps:

  • March 2018-April 2018: Analysis of feedback received via questionnaires and stakeholder meetings
  • April 2018-July 2018: Define scheme, establish steering group, discuss possible approaches to governance and management
  • Autumn 2018 - First call for proposals
Last updated: 2017-12-20 16:29