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How can I get more involved?

Win Furt has been set up as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and has a board of trustees that manage the day to day operations supported by a group of members.  Membership is free and is open to anybody who lives in the Tingwall, Whiteness and Weisdale community council area.  To find out more about becoming a member, then please click here

Is Win Furt a charity?

Yes.  Win Furt is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), number SC051835, regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

How is Win Furt managed? 

Win Furt has been set up as a two tier SCIO, which means that it has a board of trustees and a group of members.  Any member can become a trustee and the trustees are elected at the annual general meeting each year.  We are actively looking to increase the number of trustees so, if you are interested, then please get in touch with us.

How can I suggest a project?

We are really keen to hear what projects people would like to see happen.   Why not send us a message?

Where will the money come from?

The money will come from a variety of sources.  Some of it will be windfarm money and some of it will be from elsewhere.


How the windfarm money works

When the Viking windfarm becomes operational, SSE will pay about £2.2m per year (index linked) to the Shetland Community Benefit Fund (SCBF).  This money gets split into two pots.  The big pot (about 90%) is controlled by the SCBF.  The SCBF is run by a board of directors, with each community council nominating a director and they will decide how the money is allocated.  How the smaller pot (about 10%) is spent is decided by the community councils.  The four community councils that are directly affected by Viking get a larger share so TWWCC will get about £35k per year for the life of the windfarm.  While the windfarm is being built, the four affected community councils each get £50k per year.  Over the life of the windfarm, Tingwall, Whiteness and Weisdale community council will receive about one million pounds.

Win Furt can apply either to the main SCBF fund or to the smaller fund that is allocated by the community council.

What other money is available?

The Scottish Government sees “Active Travel” (mostly walking and cycling) as something that they really want to encourage and so more money is going into this area.  A lot of this money goes to organisations such as Sustrans, which advises on and helps to fund projects for footpaths and cycle paths.  Win Furt has started talking to Sustrans about potential local projects.  There are other groups that also help to fund projects such as Paths For All and we are also talking to Visit Scotland about the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Win Furt isn’t just about foot paths and cycle paths, though.  We want to be a group that can bring local people together to tackle smaller projects as well, such as tree planting.  For things like this, there are a range of organisations that we can apply to, such as the Tesco Community Grants scheme, the Co-op Local Community Fund and the Coastal Communities Fund.

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers for your convenience. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch and we’ll respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.

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