Hallburn Community Benefit Fund Criteria
The REG Power Management Hallburn Wind Farm project is committed to providing an annual Community Benefit Fund of £66,000 for community projects.
The Fund will allow groups to apply for grants between £250 and £20,000. There will be two application rounds each year. Half of the available annual funding (i.e. £33,000) will be available at each funding round. Any funds not allocated at each round will be carried forward to the next.
Applicants can apply for further grants each round, however, they may not receive priority over organisations that have previously been turned away or those who are applying for the first time.
Projects for which grants are requested must be for the benefit of communities within the Parishes of Kirkandrews-on-Esk, Arthuret, Hethersgill, Kirklinton Middle and Westlinton.
This means the physical project needs to be delivered or located within one of the five parishes, or in the case where grants may be for trips or excursions, be for the benefit of the communities living within these parishes.
However, it is recognised there are some complexities in this, particularly with grants for school projects where pupils live inside the funding area, but attend a school located outside the funding area.
Therefore, in these circumstances, as long as the school has a genuine catchment area which includes at least one of the above Parishes, applications will be considered. Each application will be reviewed on its own merits, and a level of proportionality (i.e. grant value awarded based on a proportion of the total project costs and the numbers of pupils located within funding catchment) may need to be applied.
If you therefore fall into this category, please contact GrantScape to discuss your project before you apply.
The Fund is open to any community project which is for the benefit of residents of the local area.
Some examples of the type of projects the Fund will support are given below:
- Projects to improve public amenities e.g. community halls, sports facilities
- Footpath works
- Environmental and wildlife projects including projects to improve public parks and open spaces
- Activities / events to engage the local community
- Projects that encourage and promote education, skills and opportunities for young people
- Energy efficiency or renewable energy projects, such as insulation, efficient boilers or small scale renewable energy installations.
The above list is not exhaustive and is provided to give ideas only.
Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:
- Voluntary and community groups
- Parish Councils
- Schools and educational establishments (for projects above LEA responsibility)
- 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 are required to have a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document and a bank or building society account, held in the name of the organisation, in place before applying for a grant.
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).
- Individuals applying directly to the Fund
- Projects that are narrowly religious in focus or that support a party political campaign.
- Retrospective funding, i.e. projects that have already been completed, whether or not already paid for.
- Works considered a statutory duty, such as scheduled transport services, works to public highways and public car parks, or projects the responsibility of the LEA
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.
- For applications above £2,500, whether the application demonstrates any contribution towards the project by the applicant organisation, for example, match funding or a gift in-kind of labour and / or materials.