Loscar Wind Farm Community Funds (Rotherham)

The Loscar Wind Farm Community Funds make small grants to support environmental sustainability and general community activities.  Wind farm operator Renewable Energy Systems (RES) established the funds for communities close to the site of their Loscar wind farm in Harthill, Rotherham. RES operate renewable energy plants throughout the UK, with the Loscar wind project generating clean electricity since 2010.

Where?

  • This funding is specifically for the benefit of community initiatives within the parishes of Harthill, Woodall, Thorpe Salvin and Wales.

Who can apply?

Grants are available for projects and initiatives that educate, promote or implement:

  • sustainable use of energy and energy efficiency
  • sustainable use of other resources
  • reducing climate change
  • nature conservation
  • charitable environmental projects that address the needs of the local community

OR

  • general community activities that benefit the residents of the defined area of benefit

Examples of projects/activities which can be funded

  • educational Projects within the local primary and secondary schools
  • free information events about domestic solar or wind power
  • projects to improve the energy efficiency of residents on low incomes
  • free practical workshops about composting methods
  • hedge restoration and wildflower planting schemes
  • activities for older people
  • pre-school group
  • homework club
  • sports group

How much can you apply for?

Distribution fund:
• there is no minimum or maximum grant, although they would normally be in the region of £1,000.00
Grassroots Endowment fund:
• the majority of grants will be one-off payments of between £250 and £1,500

The next round of application closing date is by 12 noon on Monday 15th August 2022.

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.

NB: If you are a school and are interested in applying for the Loscar Wind Farm Community Fund please contact SYCF via the information before completing the application form.

Please click here to apply to this fund. 

What happens after I apply?

Decision making:

  • Your application will be assessed against the criteria, aims and priorities above
  • We may contact you to ask some additional questions, or to arrange an assessment visit to your group
  • Our panel of independent volunteer decision makers will make their decisions
  • The panel’s decision is final.

If your application does not meet our criteria, or if the panel decide it is not a priority for funding, we will contact you to let you know.

Payment:

If the panel decide to award a grant, we will inform you by email and pay the grant by BACS transfer.

Reporting:

We’re keen to understand what difference our grants make, and to share good stories with our donors and supporters.  We also want you to learn from delivering your project, and to share that learning with us and with others.  Finally, we have to ensure that funding has been appropriately spent, in line with your application and our terms and conditions.

For all of these reasons, we’ll ask you to send us an end of grant report, confirming your expenditure and sharing information about the difference the grant has made to your group and beneficiaries. This must be completed six weeks after the grant has been spent or the activity has finished.  We’ll send you a link to the online end of grant report form with treasurer’s confirmation form around the same time as we make your grant payment.

We might also arrange to come and visit your project, or contact you during the project to discuss your progress.

Contact us

If you would like more information or to discuss your application please get in touch with the Grants Team via grants@sycf.org.uk.

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