Crook Hill Wind Farm Community Fund Announces Latest Awards

Crook Hill Wind Farm Community Fund Announces Latest Awards

Crook Hill Community Fund is celebrating awarding over £220,000 in funding in just six years, while 11 groups in communities around the wind farm will receive grant support of £42,068 for 2021.

The Fund which awarded its first grants in 2016 has now shared a total of £220,031 between 75 deserving local projects.

Scooping £7,650 this year to provide disabled toilet facilities at their site was Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club. Colin Greenwood, Club Development Officer and Trustee commented: “Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club are really pleased to accept this grant which provides the outstanding balance of funding for the provision of toilets for disabled people. The Club is making a great effort to ensure that it is fully wheelchair accessible. The toilets will provide a much needed amenity to complement the recently constructed external viewing platform which facilitates wheelchair access to watch cricket matches and join in social events.”

Also celebrating their £1,500 grant award was Whitworth Historical Society (WHS). The Society will use the grant to provide an interactive audio-visual exhibit at Whitworth Heritage Museum, which will explain the unique story of the Whitworth Doctors. Brian Furness, Chairman/Trustee at WHS said: “The implementation of this project will provide an additional dimension to what is currently a series of static exhibits. Some form of dynamic element, which this project seeks to introduce, is always of particular interest when trying to connect with children, although it is increasingly the case that adults are also similarly influenced. Without this funding such a project would not have been possible for a small organisation such as ours.”

Elizabeth White, Founder of Create and Connect who will received £1,218 to kick start Littleborough Art Club, commented: “We are delighted that the Crook Hill Community Fund has given us a grant towards forming this new organisation. Littleborough is a very creative place and we believe Littleborough Art Club will be very popular. The past year has been very difficult for artists working alone at home and we hope that this organisation will provide them with much needed social and artistic contact.”

Wardle Football Club (WFC) have already used their £4,700 award to purchase some new maintenance equipment to maintain the pitches at their Rutherford Park site. Rik Fielding, Chair of WFC said: “A big thank you to everyone involved in supporting our funding application, without your support grassroots football will suffer. This funding allowed the Club to purchase new machinery that will help keep our playing fields maintained and well presented.”

The other projects being supported this year are Whitworth Sports Council, Ebor Studios, Rochdale Children’s Moorland Home, Wardle Football Club, The Women of Whitworth Project, CROWS, Pennine in Bloom and Upper Calder Renaissance.

The funding for the Community Fund is provided by Crook Hill Wind Farm which is managed by independent investment firm, Vantage Infrastructure (www.vantageinfra.com), with support of Partnerships for Renewables (www.pfr.co.uk). The Fund distributes £35,000 annually over the 20 – 25 year lifetime of the project. Groups located within a 5km radius of the wind farm can apply for grants of between £250 and £10,000. The next application deadline is 16 February 2022.

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

A full list of groups supported through the Fund can be found here