Dounreay’s safety record over the last 12 months earned local charities and good causes a £27,500 windfall.
The money came from a Babcock initiative that pays out £2500 every time the site records a whole month without a lost-time accident.
There was only one lost-time accident at Dounreay during 2010/11, resulting in a safety dividend of £27,500 from Babcock.
The money goes to the Dounreay Communities Fund, which provides grants to community groups in Caithness and north Sutherland up to £5000.
The fund was boosted by a £20,000 donation from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and £902 from sales of a book published to mark the 50th anniversary of the former fast reactor research establishment.
A total of £43,358 was paid out to 117 applications that were approved during the last 12 months.
These included: £2500 to Thurso High School Young Engineers for travel costs and a trailer to transport their Greenpower Electric Race Cars, £1000 towards a new bird reserve at St John’s Pool, Brough, and £500 towards safety equipment for the volunteers of Caithness and North Sutherland Search Team
The fund is administered by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, with recommendations for approval vetted by a committee of the site stakeholder group.