Ørsted announces latest round of community grants through its Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

Ørsted announces latest round of community grants through its Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

• Ørsted fund has now awarded £1.3 million to community projects around Liverpool Bay
• A total of 148 projects have now been awarded funding

Twelve organisations around Liverpool Bay are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of the latest round of funding from Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The latest awards take the total number of projects supported to 148, with total funds awarded now standing at over £1.3 million since the Fund launched in May 2015.

The global Covid-19 emergency has meant grant support is more important than ever, a need which was acknowledged by Ørsted back in June 2020 when they announced temporary changes to the Fund’s eligibility criteria to encourage applications to support communities through the crisis and on the road to recovery. The temporary criteria relaxations will still be in place for the next two application deadlines in September 2021 and April 2022.

The full list of organisations awarded grants under the latest round of the Community Benefit Fund are as follows:

• Royden Park Ranger Volunteer Group – £8,925
• Heart of Egremont Refurbishment & Meal Provision, Wallasey – £14,210
• Friends of Crosby Beach, Beach Care Project Crosby / Waterloo – £4,873
• Elevate Business Education Project, Raising Aspirations in Bootle / Litherland – £9,402
• Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA) – £10,000
• Kindfulness Coffee Club, Bootle Baby Kind Service – £19,520
• Sean’s Place Wellbeing Programme – £4,448
• Rhyl & District Rugby Football Club – £15,000
• Prestatyn Men’s Shed – £2,400
• Hope House Children’s Hospice, Key Working in Denbighshire – £3,587
• Hightown Parish Council, Refurbishment of Alt Centre – £17,450
• Parenting 2000, Young Women’s Empowerment and Safety Project – £16,680

On hearing the good news Sandra Blower, Business Support Lead at SWACA said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding that will support the vital service our Assessment Team Officer delivers as the initial point of contact for those in need of help following the impact of domestic abuse.”

Barbara Ramsbottom, Chairperson, Friends of Crosby Beach, also commented: “We were absolutely ecstatic when we found out that our grant application has been approved. The extra equipment will now enable us to run beach clean-up sessions from different locations along Crosby Beach at the same time, which means we will now be able to cover a larger portion of the beach during our litter-picking sessions. More people than ever now come to Crosby beach, to exercise, for a walk, run or for a family day out. We want to make it safe and pleasant for everybody, and now we can!”

Imran Nawaz, Stakeholder Advisor & Community Benefit Fund Manager for Ørsted, said: “It’s been a challenging time for many people across the region and it’s important that the incredible community projects continue to get the support they need. We’re delighted to announce the most recent recipients of our Community Benefit Funding and help these very deserving projects continue to deliver much needed services to the local region.”

The closing date for the next funding round is 13 April 2022.

For more information about the Fund and how to apply, please click here

Each year for the expected 25 year lifetime of the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, approximately £225,000 will be made available for community projects, which will benefit the local area.

Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm was officially opened in May 2017 and is capable of meeting the electricity demand of well over 230,000 homes. It was the first offshore wind farm in the world to commercially demonstrate the massive 8MW MHI Vestas turbines which stand at a staggering 195m, tall from sea-level to tip.