Park Spring Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund

EDF renewables

The Park Spring Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund supports community organisations close to the Park Spring wind farm in North 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.

Important Notice

Applications to the Park Spring Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund are closed and will reopen later this year.

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

What can be funded?

The fund is intended to improve the physical, built or social environment of the local area. We are keen to fund projects and initiatives that involve one or more of the following:

  • 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 living within 3km of the windfarm (you may be asked to provide evidence of the number of beneficiaries you serve and where they reside as part of the application process)

Park Springs stories

Community groups explain how funding from the Park Spring Windfarm Community Benefits Fund has gone a long way to helping its beneficiaries

You can read more in our Case Studies section.

Darfield Bowls Club

Funding allowed Darfield Bowls Club to renovate their grounds to make it the place to be for bowls in Darfield and Wombwell.

Dearne Electronic Community Village

Funding has covered the costs of tutoring, enabling people to gain IT and employment skills, and maintaining the service so it can stay open 5 days a week.


The windfarm is situated in the North East of Barnsley located North West of Little Houghton.  All projects funded must benefit resident within a 3km boundary of the windfarm site*.

  • Priority will be given to projects within 3km.  This includes 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

Application Support

Please read our guidance notes below, answering questions you may have about this programme.

You can contact South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau for help or get our top ten tips for preparing an application!

South Yorkshire Community Foundation - Top 10 tips

Ten tips from South Yorkshire Community Foundation to help with your funding application

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Contact Us

If you have any related queries for this grant programme, please contact Emma Mallinson.

Meet Emma

Emma is one of two grants officers who work on South Yorkshire Community Foundation grant programmes. She is the main contact for some programmes for organisations and individuals and is happy to help with any grant enquires you may have. She is contactable Monday to Thursday, 10am - 4pm

Emma Mallinson

Grants Officer

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