Blackstone Edge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund (West Barnsley)

Ventient Energy established the Blackstone Edge Windfarm Carbon Reduction Fund to support local community organisations, benefiting people living close to the Blackstone Edge windfarm in North West Barnsley and South Kirklees.

What will be funded?

Grants are available for organisations that promote carbon reduction activities such as:

  • Improvements to community buildings, i.e. a new energy efficient boiler, insulation to help reduce the cost of bills, installing rainwater harvesting systems, energy saving bulb replacement schemes in community run buildings
  • Environmental protection or improvement
  • Bio-diversity and habitat conservation
  • Energy conservation and sustainable transport options
  • Capital items with a tangible and lasting benefit, including improvements to community buildings
  • Bio-diversity and habitat conservation
  • Energy conservation and increased use of renewables

Information workshop

There will be an online workshop to provide information and support your in your application on Tuesday 12th July at 10am.This workshop will include:

  • Information about the funding that’s available
  • Advice on project ideas from a climate change consultant
  • Support on impact measurement
  • Information about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how to use them
  • Q+A

Please sign up using this link:

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

As a place based funder we know that it is the projects led by local communities who really effect change. We use the SDGs at SYCF  because we recognise their benefit and use in helping us promote community development in a sustainable way. We want to equip community organisations who are making a real difference in their locality to use the goals too so they can present and monitor the work they do in the local context and relate it to the global scale. Webinars, training and networking events will be incorporated into the funds life cycle as well as a shared learning environment to learn from others at different stages of the journey. Optional mentoring schemes will be offered to share best practice. These learning events and activities will form part of the pre-application and post-application support for community organisations.

What is the area of benefit?

The wind farm is situated in West Barnsley located at Blackstone Edge, the area of benefit is a 5km boundary of the wind farm site*.

  • this includes Dunford, Gunthwaite & Ingbirchworth, Thurlstone, Penistone, Upper Denby and parts of Holmfirth. (you may be asked to provide evidence of the number of beneficiaries you serve and where they reside as part of the application process)
  • projects outside the 5km boundary of the wind farm may also apply if the majority of the beneficiaries of the project/activity reside within the 5km area.

Click here to view a map detailing the area of benefit.

How much can I apply for?

Grants of £1,000 – £25,000 for projects or schemes that promote carbon reduction activities.

Who can apply?

Charities, community groups, clubs and not-for-profit social enterprises. To be eligible for a grant:

  • You must have a governing document (e.g. a constitution or memorandum of association)
  • You must have a board or management committee of at least three unrelated people
  • You must have a bank account in the name of the group requiring at least two unrelated signatories
  • Locally led, run, and constituted, community or voluntary organisations
  • Local schools and colleges
  • Parish Councils

What will not be funded?

  • For-profit organisations or overseas organisations
  • Retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place or repayment of money which has already been spent)
  • Overseas trips or expeditions
  • Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
  • Organisations or activities primarily for the benefit of animals rather than people
  • Activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view
  • Town or Metropolitan Borough councils
  • The promotion of religious or political views
  • To replace existing statutory provision (but such facilities could be enhanced e.g. Parks)
  • 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

How do I apply?

Link to the  Blackstone edge application form

Please ensure that you have read the grant information here and are eligible for the available funding before going on to the application stage. Blackstone Edge grant information

Please note that this is a rolling grants programme and any applications received after this date will be sent to the panel within approximately two months. The next panel date will be around September.

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.