New Community Fund Awards First Grants

New Community Fund Awards First Grants

logoThirteen highly deserving local organisations are celebrating being awarded grants through the new Walney Extension Community Benefit Fund.

The successful groups that will receive grants from the first round are:

  • CHAT Carer and Bereavement Support Group, Thornton – £500
  • Walney Community Trust Youth Club – £12,126
  • Howgill Family Centre, Millom – £18,772
  • The Hill in Millom Village Hall – £2,300
  • Project John Young People’s Hub, Barrow – £20,000
  • Furness Carers in South West Cumbria – £74,267
  • North West Ambulance Service, Cardiac Smart – £21,765
  • Regenda Limited, Improving Health and Wellbeing in Fleetwood – £50,000
  • Poulton and Wyre Railway Society – £10,000
  • Samaritans, Barrow – £10,000
  • Swarthmoor Sports and Community Club – £14,400
  • Lancaster People’s Café – £4,950
  • Dalton Community Association – £10,920

The Fund is made possible by DONG Energy which is developing the Walney Extension offshore wind farm off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. Each year, approximately £600,000 will be made available for community projects for the expected 25 year lifetime of the wind farm. There are two application rounds each year for groups to apply to, and the next closing date is 11 January 2017.

Rachel Cary, DONG Energy’s Lead Stakeholder Relations Advisor, said: “DONG Energy’s Walney Extension offshore wind farm, currently under construction, will be operating off the coast of Walney Island for 25 years so we have set up a voluntary community benefit fund to ensure that the local community also benefits from the development.

“We are delighted by the quality and breadth of the community projects that came forward for this first round of funding. The independent steering group, made up of local council and voluntary sector representatives, has selected some great projects from supporting mental health charities and programmes to renovating sports and community facilities. Together they should leave a lasting positive impact on the local community.”

For further details about the Fund and how you can apply to the next round, please click continue below:

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