Ramsey Community Benefit Fund Criteria

Fund Overview:

The Ramsey Wind Farm is committed to providing a community benefit fund of £40,000 for community projects. The Fund will allow groups to apply for grants between £250 and £20,000.

There will be one application round each year. In the unlikely event that not all the Funding is allocated, a second application closing date may be established approximately 6 months later. This will clearly state how much funding remains to be allocated.

Groups are encouraged to plan well ahead and assume there will not be a second round to apply to in the same year. This is particularly relevant if the project is an event, for example, which may not happen for several months after the application deadline.

Project locations:

Projects for which grants are requested must be located in the Parish boundaries of Ramsey, Bury, Upwood and the Raveleys. The Fund will notionally be split as follows: 60% allocated to applications from Ramsey 20% each allocated to applications from Upwood, Bury and the Raveleys.

We are keen to allocate the full £40,000 every year to worthwhile community projects. Therefore, if insufficient applications are received from any one of the three funding areas, the balance of any unallocated money will be made available to other applications.

Project Purpose:

The Fund is open to any community project which is for the benefit of residents of the local area. This Fund can provide both capital and revenue grants.

Eligible Organisations:

Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Charities / voluntary, community groups
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Schools and educational establishments
  • Social enterprises (including credit unions, co-operatives, social firms, community owned enterprises, community interest companies and development trusts) provided they operate on a not-for-profit basis.

Applicants need to have a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document and will need to have a bank or building society account with a minimum of two signatories in place before applying for a grant. Successful applicants are not able to re-apply for another grant the following year. (However, this does not include Parish Councils or Town Councils if they are applying for, or on behalf of, different projects at different locations.)

Exclusions

Grants will not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations.
  • Private membership-based sports clubs and facilities unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction (e.g. not membership by nomination organisations).
  • Projects that only benefit one individual (unless the application is received from an organisation and the project directly benefits individuals, e.g. energy saving measures such as insulation)
  • Projects that are narrowly religious in focus or that support a party political campaign or cause.
  • Funding core costs in organisations, e.g. running costs, administration costs, building rental costs etc.
  • Retrospective funding, i.e. projects that have already been completed, whether or not already paid for.
  • Works considered a statutory responsibility, such as scheduled transport services, works to public highways and public car parks.
Judging Criteria:

The main criteria used when assessing applications received will be:

  • The social, economic and environmental benefits which will result from the project.
  • The level of community support for and involvement in the project.

Other factors will also be considered which must be demonstrated in the application:

  • The ability of the applicant to deliver the project
  • How the work will be continued after the project has been completed i.e. its sustainability and legacy.
  • Value for money.

After reading the above, if you are confident that your project meets all of the requirements of the Fund, please click below: