Orchard End Community Benefit Fund Criteria

Important Covid-19 Update

In response to the current global Covid-19 emergency, groups applying before 15 July 2020, will be able to apply to the Fund for core cost support (running costs, administration costs, building rental costs etc.), to help them adapt should the situation continue and recover as the crisis passes. Non-constituted groups can also be considered for support where they are specifically requesting grant monies for Covid-19 related purposes.

To be reviewed for subsequent application deadlines.

Fund Overview

The REG Power Management Orchard End Wind Farm project is committed to providing an annual Community Benefit Fund of £16,000 for community projects.

The Fund will allow groups to apply for grants between £250 and £8,000. There will be two application rounds each year. Half of the available annual funding, this being £8,000, will be available at each funding round.

Project Location

Projects for which grants are requested must be located within 4km of REG Power Management’s Orchard End Wind Farm. A map showing the funding area is available below:

Priority will be given to projects located within the 3km priority area.

Project Purpose

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
  • 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

Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Parish Councils
  • Local Authorities (if they are applying on behalf of a community organisation)
  • Schools and educational establishments
  • 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.

Exclusions

Grants will not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations.
  • Core running costs of an organisation.
  • 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 or with restrictive charges).
  • Projects that only benefit one individual.
  • 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 responsibility, such as scheduled transport services, works to public highways and public car parks.
Judging Criteria

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, does the application demonstrate any contribution towards the project by the applicant organisation, for example match funding or a gift in-kind of labour and / or materials.

If, after reading the above, you are confident that your project is eligible, please click Next, below: