Statkraft announces boost to community fund in Keith

Community projects within Keith and the wider Strathisla boundary can now apply for the latest round of grants through the Keith Greener Grid Park Community Fund, where up to £60,000 of funding is available.

Keith Greener Grid Park, developed and operated by renewable energy company Statkraft, provides £20,000 of funding every year. This year’s additional £40,000 funding boost is due to unspent back-dated funds.

Projects that received funding during 2023 include Keith and District Men’s Shed, which was awarded a grant to support the purchase of a new solar panel and battery storage, and Longmore Community Hall in Keith, which has received funding toward the replacement of emergency lighting throughout the hall.

Eligible organisations from within Keith and the wider Strathisla boundary are welcome to apply. The fund supports projects for energy efficiency and environmental projects from £500 and £30,000. The closing date for this year’s applications is 11 July 2024.

The fund is independently administered through GrantScape, a leading UK community fund administrator, on behalf of Statkraft.

The final funding decisions on applications are made following a review by a local Panel with representatives from Keith Community Council, Strathisla Community Council and Moray Council.

Applications can be made via the online portal:

Applicants are also welcome to call GrantScape directly on 01908 247630 if they wish to discuss a potential project or need any help on how to apply.

Guy Nicholson, Statkraft’s Head of Greener Grid Parks said: “It was really encouraging to see the level of interest from community groups last time, and how this funding has helped them become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. I’d encourage anyone who is interested to consider applying. As part of our commitment to being a good neighbour, we’re keen to ensure that the community benefits from having a Statkraft project in their local area.”