Over £2.5 Million Awarded Through Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund

Over £2.5 Million Awarded Through Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund

Fifteen organisations from coastal communities in Cumbria and Lancashire are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund.

The latest awards take the Fund past the £2.5million milestone as the total amount awarded reaches £2,630,639.

The Fund launched in 2016 and has already seen over 150 projects supported through the main Community Fund and the dedicated Skills Fund.

The organisations awarded grants from the ninth round of funding are as follows:

Adullam Programme, Bridging the Gap of Mental Health Provision in Lancaster – £5,000
Wellfed CIC, Community Food Clubs, Barrow – £4,970
Men’s Shed Fleetwood CIO – £15,000
Stanleys Community Centre, Lancaster – £24,731
The Well Communities CIC, Barrow and Morecambe – £38,378
Action for Children, Mental Health Interventions for Young People, Ulverston – 30,000
South West Cumbria United Area, Hartington St Methodist Church Resource Centre – £2,000
The Hospice of St Marys of Furness – Well-Being Furness and Souths Lakes – £20,000
Westview Community Association, Wyre – £33,895
The Brathay Trust, Reaching Communities Walney Island – £15,000
Barrow Raiders Community Foundation – £5,000
Marie Curie, Lancaster and Wyre – £5,000
Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Wild Wellbeing Days – £20,000
Cowran Care Ltd, Pennington, South Lakes – £13,000
Furness Broadcast Media Ltd, CANDOFM Community Radio – £25,000

Jonathan Williams, Director, Furness Broadcast Media Ltd, said: “Orsted is making a significant positive impact for the Furness communities. With their support CANDOFM will continue providing a voice to local people and organisations, and is now in a much stronger position to expand the service, and benefit, for our local community.”

Imran Nawaz, Stakeholder Advisor & Community Benefit Fund Manager for Ørsted, said: “It’s been a challenging year for everyone in the region, so it’s with a great sense of pride that we are announcing the latest recipients of our Community Fund grants. There is a great deal of hard work that goes on in the local community and we are delighted to support these organisations so that they can continue to make a positive difference.”

The Fund is made possible by Ørsted which has constructed the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension, 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.

The next closing date for applications is 23 June 2021.

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