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, with £100,000 of this ring-fenced for a 'Skills Fund'.
Rachel Cary, DONG Energy's Lead Stakeholder Relations Advisor, said: "DONG Energy's Walney Extension offshore wind farm, currently under construction, will be operating off the coast of Walney Island for 25 years so we have set up a voluntary community benefit fund to ensure that the local community also benefits from the development.
"We are delighted by the quality and breadth of the community projects that came forward for this first round of funding. The independent steering group, made up of local council and voluntary sector representatives, has selected some great projects from supporting mental health charities and programmes to renovating sports and community facilities. Together they should leave a lasting positive impact on the local community."
The successful groups that will receive grants from the Fund's first round of awards are:
- CHAT Carer and Bereavement Support Group, Thornton - £500
- Walney Community Trust Youth Club - £12,126
- Howgill Family Centre, Millom - £18,772
- The Hill in Millom Village Hall - £2,300
- Project John Young People's Hub, Barrow - £20,000
- Furness Carers in South West Cumbria - £74,267
- North West Ambulance Service, Cardiac Smart - £21,765
- Regenda Limited, Improving Health and Wellbeing in Fleetwood - £50,000
- Poulton and Wyre Railway Society - £10,000
- Samaritans, Barrow - £10,000
- Swarthmoor Sports and Community Club - £14,400
- Lancaster People's Café - £4,950
- Dalton Community Association - £10,920
The community benefit fund is being managed for DONG Energy by the national charity Grantscape. Applications for grants of between £500 and £75,000 from the main fund must be from community and environmental organisations located in coastal community areas in areas stretching between Fleetwood in Lancashire to Seascale in Cumbria. A detailed map, searchable by postcode, showing these areas as well as details of how to apply for a grant is available on the GrantScape website and can be viewed via this link.
There are two application rounds each year for groups to apply to, and the next closing date is 11 January 2017.
For further details of all the how you can apply to the next round, please visit GrantScape's website or call 01908 247634.
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: www.grantscape.org.uk
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.
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.