Community Fund Awards Second Round of Grants

Community Fund Awards Second Round of Grants

Seventeen deserving local organisations are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants from the second round of Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund.

The renewable energy company, formerly known as DONG Energy, has committed to a fund worth £195,000 every six months for the next 20 years as part of its community engagement.

The lucky groups will each receive a share of the £195,000 windfall, which is available every six months through an open application process for the next 20 year period.

The successful groups that will share £195,000 from the second round are:

  • The Village Church Farm, Holly House – £44,549
  • Densholme Care Farm – £6,724
  • Home-Start Norfolk – £39,726
  • Charles Bull Blackfriars Arts Centre – £18,820
  • Humberside Police – £5,000
  • Laceby Allotment Association – £1,201
  • St Giles Parochial Church Council – £2,900
  • Solace End of Life Support – £5,000
  • King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust – £14,451
  • Hornsea Rescue New PPE Equipment – £4,599
  • Music in Hospitals – £4,200
  • Grimsby In Bloom – £5,000
  • East of England Apples & Orchards Project – £3,900
  • Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football Club – £2,750
  • Nichols Youth Project – £2,150
  • REAL Hull and East Riding – £15,600
  • The Hull Children’s University – £18,430

The Fund was launched by Ørsted in December last year and will make available up to £9.3million for community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Each year, for the next 20 years, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year is ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives. Further information on this skills fund can be found here.

There are two application rounds each year for groups to apply to, and the next closing date is 21 February 2018.

Natasha Nanuck, Ørsted’s Stakeholder Advisor, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many worthwhile charities and organisations benefit from our East Coast Fund and look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have in the local community. As our operations on the East Coast increase, we’re very proud of the strong relationships we have in the community and this gives us a real opportunity to make a positive difference for the next 20 years.”

The Fund is being administered by national charity GrantScape. For further details of how you can apply to the next round, please visit GrantScape’s website www.grantscape.org.uk or call 01908 247634.