Rookery South Community Trust Fund

Location:

Ampthill; Brogborough; Cranfield; Houghton Conquest; Lidlington; Marston Moretaine; Maulden; Millbrook; Stewartby and Wootton

Total Grants Available:

c.£180,000 in Year 1, c.£60,000 from Year 2 onwards

Fund Provided by:

Rookery South Limited

The Rookery South Community Trust Fund (CTF), provided by Rookery South Limited will be available for not-for-profit organisations located in: Ampthill; Brogborough; Cranfield; Houghton Conquest; Lidlington; Marston Moretaine; Maulden; Millbrook; Stewartby and Wootton, once the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) is fully operational.

Rookery South Limited has appointed GrantScape to manage the CTF on its behalf. RSL entered into an agreement with the Councils (CBC and BBC) to provide a trust fund amongst other things – the Section 106 agreement (under the Town & Country Planning Act 1990). Under the s.106 agreement, the Community Trust is:

  • “for the purposes of supporting sustainable waste management and/or energy generation projects and related educational initiatives, and other projects which are considered to promote the well-being of the community within the CTF Area of Benefit.”
  • for a minimum of 25 years or until the closure of the ERF, whichever is the sooner
  • £150,000 at start-up, then £50,000 annually thereafter (indexed*)
  • As the agreement was made some years ago, this already means that the initial contribution will be c.£180,000 and subsequent annual donations thereafter of c.£60,000.

To help determine the details of the funding criteria, a consultation exercise will be undertaken with Councillors, Parish Councils, Town Councils and Community Voluntary Service organisations representing the above areas. The purpose of the consultation is to establish what the current funding priorities are for the area of benefit, funding level requirements and what can and cannot be funded. Once the consultation is completed, criteria will be established.

It is anticipated that the Rookery South Community Trust Fund will be launched around November 2021 and first decisions announced within the first quarter of 2022, around the time that the site becomes fully operational.