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UKAEA Dounreay

Community groups in Caithness and north Sutherland are set to cash in on a new communities fund from 1st April 2007 . This year the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will invest £20,000 in the new initiative, called the Dounreay Communities Fund. In addition, UKAEA is to invest up to £30,000 a year in the new fund based on the site's lost-time accident record, giving a total potential pay-out to local groups of £50,000 a year.

The fund will receive a donation of £2500 for every month without a lost-time accident at Dounreay. Each month equals approximately 350,000 man-hours of work.

Dounreay site director Simon Middlemas said: "Good safety performance first and foremost is about looking after our staff and taking responsibility for our environment. This new initiative means the community also sees tangible benefit from our safety performance, and is another incentive for us to drive down accident rates."

The fundís aim is to assist charitable activities and local organisations with small-scale projects costing up to £5000. Assistance from the fund will normally be up to 50 per cent of the cost but more may be available in exceptional circumstances. Youngsters under the age of 18 who will be representing their community at events outside the area can also apply for 50 per cent of the cost.

The fund will be administered by the communications department at Dounreay. Staff will assess applications against criteria with the Dounreay Stakeholder Group for approval by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.