DONG Energy announces latest round of grants for the community

Sixteen deserving organisations are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of DONG Energy's Walney Extension Community Fund.

The lucky groups will each receive a share of the just over £250,000 windfall available under round three of the Fund which launched in 2016.

The Fund is made possible by DONG Energy which is developing the Walney Extension offshore wind farm off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. Each year, approximately £600,000 will be made available for community projects for the expected 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.

Humphrey Laidlaw, DONG Energy's Policy Analyst, said:

"We're delighted to announce the latest round of successful applicants and to help support the positive impact that these groups and organisations have in the local community. DONG Energy is passionate about the region and we're very proud of the strong relationships that Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm has formed in the local community. This community fund gives us a real opportunity to make a difference and will continue to do so for the lifetime of the project."

The full list of organisations awarded grants are as follows:

  • Eagland Hill Old School Room Community Centre - £6,001
  • URPotential CIC, Cleveleys Youth & Community Hub - £70,000
  • Proper Community Media, Community Radio for Lancaster & Morecambe - £4,880
  • Duddon Sports Junior Association Football Club - £3,550
  • ARC (Active Recovery Community), Barrow - £4,900
  • Lancashire Youth Challenge, Lancaster & Morecambe - £17,464
  • The Barrow & Districts Society for the Blind - £10,000
  • Love Barrow Families CIC - £13,000
  • Ford Park Community Group, Ulverston - £17,026
  • Lancaster & District Samaritan School Team - £1,680
  • Barrow Raiders Rugby League Youth Development Programme - £5,000
  • CancerCare, Barrow - £25,000
  • Shackles Off Youth Project, Copeland - £6,000
  • Cumbria Wildlife Trust, South Walney Nature Reserve - £23,000
  • The Well Communities CIC, Morecambe & Lancaster - £30,000
  • Cumbria CVS, Furness Future Leaders' Academy - £19,000

The sixteen groups above join a list of 27 other community groups that have already benefitted from the Fund since it began, please click here to view the full list.

The fourth round of applications is now open. The Fund is being administered by national grant-making charity GrantScape and more details can be found at GrantScape's website or by calling 01908 247634. The closing date for applications is 24 January 2018.


Notes to Editors:

About DONG Energy

DONG Energy (NASDAQ OMX: DENERG) is one of Northern Europe's leading energy groups and is headquartered in Denmark. Around 6,200 ambitious employees, including over 900 in the UK, develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms, generate power and heat from our power stations as well as supply and trade in energy to wholesale, business and residential customers. The continuing part of the Group has approximately 5,800 employees and generated a revenue in 2016 of DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion). For further information, see or follow us @DONGEnergyUK on Twitter.

About GrantScape

GrantScape is a grant-making charity committed to enhancing the environment and strengthening local communities through its grant programmes. GrantScape's experience stretches back to 1997 and it has awarded grants totalling over £80 million to deserving projects over this time.

GrantScape manages a range of community and environmental grant programmes on behalf of corporate and local authority clients. These are tailored to their individual requirements, which is the charity's speciality. In addition, GrantScape offers a professional project management and grant process review service to groups requiring support with these activities.

For further information, please see or follow us @GrantScape1 on Twitter.

About Walney Extension

The Walney Extension offshore wind farm will be located next to the existing Walney Offshore Wind Farm, off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. The extension will comprise of up to 90 turbines and have a total capacity of up to 660MW.

For further information, please see:

About Walney Extension Community Fund

The Fund supports community and environmental projects along the Cumbria and Lancashire coast, within a defined area. Approximately £600,000 is available each year (£100,000 of this is ring-fenced for a 'Skills Fund'). The Fund is split equally between two annual funding rounds. There are two levels of grants available:

  • Small grants between £500 and £5,000
  • Main grants between £5,001 and £75,000

Applications to the Fund are made using an online application system via the GrantScape website

For additional information,
please contact:

Mike Day
+44 20 7811 5208