Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund Awards Fifth Round of Grants

Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund Awards Fifth Round of Grants

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

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, until 2037, 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.

The community groups will each receive a share of the windfall, which is available every six months through an open application process.

The successful groups from the fifth round are:

  • King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter, Summer Coordinator – £10,000
  • Favour Foundation Limited – Your Place, East Marsh, Grimsby – Oasis Garden Buddy Scheme – £18,407
  • Anderby Parish Council, Anderby Creek Disabled Beach Access Improvements – £17,000
  • Withernsea Pier and Promenade Association Ltd, The Withernsea Pier Viewing Platform – £38,618
  • St John and St Stephen Church, St John and St Stephen Soup Kitchen – £9,915
  • SASH, Resettlement of young people facing homelessness on East Riding Coast – £17,210
  • Citizens Advice Lindsey, Coastal Advice in Skegness and Mablethorpe – £35,000
  • Community Learning in Partnership (CLIP) CIC, Mablethorpe Multi-Use Skills Unit – £29,574
  • Long Sutton Bowls Club, Replace Old Equipment – £1,434
  • Boston Sea Cadets, New Champ Engine – £4,500
  • Keelby Sports Association, Drainage Improvement for Keelby Sports Ground – £2,880
  • Zion Methodist Church Boston, Energy Saving – £2,000
  • Wrangle Parish Council, Toilet Block Refurbishment – £5,000
  • Somercotes Stars Ltd, Technology for Preschool & After School Club – £3,462

Chris Taylor, General Manager at Your Place said:

“We are delighted to receive a grant of £18,407 from the East Coast Community Fund for our Garden Buddy Scheme. This money will be used for staff costs, equipment and running costs of the project for the next two years. The project enables people who would not otherwise be able to cope with gardening tasks to be ‘buddied’ with more able volunteers who can befriend, support and encourage them to become a valuable and useful part of our volunteer team. Thank you so much, this money will make a great difference in the lives of many people.”

The Fund was launched by Ørsted in December 2016 and has so far donated well over £900,000 to more than 80 projects. In total, over the twenty years, up to £9.3 million will be made available for community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.

There are two application rounds each year for groups to apply to, and the next closing date is 14 August 2019.

Imran Nawaz, Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted, said:

“We’re building the biggest offshore wind farms in the world of the East Coast of the UK, and so it’s our pleasure to be able to offer this fund for communities up and down the coast that have welcomed us and our operations. It is especially pleasing to see such a wide range of organisations win a share of the fund and I have no doubt they will make a real difference in the communities in which they are based.”

For further details of how you can apply to the next round, please click here.

Image: Aerial photograph of the Oasis Garden at Your Place, Grimsby. Credit: Big Picture Charity Films