Wind Farm Benefits Fund open for Barnsley community groups
Groups and projects in North East Barnsley can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 to improve their local communities.
The Park Spring Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund, which is managed by South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, is open to organisations within a 5km radius of Park Spring Wind Farm, at Grimethorpe.
Operators EDF Energy Renewables has pledged £42,750 every year for the life of the wind farm to directly benefit local community projects and initiatives.
Emma Mallinson, grants officer for SYCF – the largest local grant giving charity in South Yorkshire, said:
This is a fantastic opportunity for groups to receive financial support which will improve the physical, built or social environment of the local area.
Typically, grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available to those based close by to the wind farm. In exceptional circumstances, applications of up to £20,000 can be submitted if they have significant and lasting community benefit.
Funding will be awarded to community projects which make a tangible and long-term difference, including community based projects and activities, improvements to community buildings, maintenance of recreational facilities, initiatives which promote bio-diversity and habitat conservation, energy conservation and renewables.
The projects must benefit residents living within 3-5km of the windfarm.
Dearne Electronic Community Village, which provides specialised support for local people to gain IT and employment skills, previously received more than £7,000 from the Park Springs Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund.
The money covered the costs of tutoring and maintaining the service so it can stay open five days a week.
Rory Garforth, ICT & Employability Skills Tutor, said:
The deadline for applications to the Fund is 26 February, 9am.
For more information or for assistance completing an application, please call SYCF’s Grants Team on 0114 242 4857 or visit Park Spring Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund | South Yorkshire's Community Foundation (sycf.org.uk).