Park Spring Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund

A fund for community groups and charities of all types and sizes! The funding is being made available through the Park Spring windfarm community benefit fund linked to the Park Spring wind farm in east Barnsley.

EDF Energy Renewables operate the wind farm have pledged to provide £42,750 per year for the life of the wind farm to the fund, which will directly benefit local community projects and initiatives, within a three-kilometre radius of the wind farm.

How much can I apply for?

  • grants will normally be in the region of £500 – £10,000
  • exceptionally, grants of up to £20,000 can be applied for if they have significant and lasting community benefit


The wind farm is situated in the North East of Barnsley located North West of Little Houghton, the area of benefit is a 3km boundary of the wind farm site*.

  • priority will be given to Great Houghton Little Houghton, Grimethorpe, Darfield, Billingley and parts of Cudworth
  • projects within a 5km boundary of the wind farm may also apply if some of the beneficiaries of the project/activity reside within the 3km area

*As interpreted by EDF. You can check the area map here.

Who can apply?

  • locally led, run, and constituted, community or voluntary organisations
  • locally led and run registered charities
  • local schools and colleges

NB: It is unlikely that panel will consider an application from a group if they have had a grant in the last 12 months.

What are the priorities for the fund?

Projects and initiatives that involve one or more of the following criteria:

  • capital item(s) with a tangible and lasting benefit, including improvements to community buildings
  • bio-diversity and habitat conservation
  • energy conservation and increased use of renewables
  • other projects that are community-based and/or community-led which meet identified local needs and issues

Examples of projects/activities which can be funded:

  • improvements to community buildings, i.e. a new roof, or re-decoration of the village hall
  • improvement and maintenance of recreational facilities, i.e. the cricket club need a new mower to enable them to cut the grass, or the football team need new training equipment

NB: All of the above must be benefiting the residents of the defined Area of Benefit (you may be asked to provide evidence of the number of beneficiaries you serve and where they reside as part of the application process)

Who and what cannot be funded?

  • Parish, Town or Metropolitan Borough councils
  • registered Community Interest Companies, also known as CICs
  • individuals
  • the promotion of religious or political views
  • to replace existing statutory Council provision (but such facilities could be enhanced e.g. Parks)
  • applications which the Community Foundation believes, in its discretion, present or have identified a health and safety risk;
  • against the interests of the developer or wind farm landowner(s) or anti-renewable energy/ wind farm activities
  • retrospective funding – i.e. things or activities that either have already been paid for or have already happened

NB: Groups applying for this funding should be able to demonstrate how they meet the priorities. For larger grants, you may be asked to provide additional information.

How to apply?

Please ensure that you have read all of the information above and are eligible for the available funding before going on to the application stage.

Please click here to apply to this fund. 

If you require any help with your application then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our grants team by following the contact information below.

 Please apply  by 7th September for your application to be considered by the next decision panel in October 2020.  

Get in touch

If you have any questions about applying to this fund then please email and we will get back to you or call 0114 242 4294