Ørsted Announces Latest Round of Grants for the Community

Ørsted Announces Latest Round of Grants for the Community

Ørsted is delighted to announce the winners of the latest round of applications to the Walney Extension Community Fund. Sixteen lucky groups will each receive a share of  the just over £253,000 windfall available in the latest round of the Fund.

Since the Fund launched in 2016 over £1.5M has now been committed to community and environmental projects located in coastal communities of Cumbria and Lancashire near the wind farm.

The full list of organisations awarded grants from Round 6 of the Fund are as follows:

  • Barrow Citizens Advice Bureau – £16,544
  • Christ Church Thornton Community Centre – £21,348
  • Crake Valley Croquet Club – £17,500
  • Cumbria Youth Alliance, Millom Activate Project – £5,000
  • Every Life Matters, Suicide Safe Barrow – £13,254
  • Global Link (Lancaster) – £16,885
  • Hindpool Tigers ARLFC, Community Coaching – £1,000
  • Home-Start Morecambe and Lancaster – £29,671
  • Kirby-in-Furness Community Centre – £30,000
  • Levens Playing Field Committee – £26,000
  • Marsh Community Centre SHOUT – £7,804
  • Marvellous Holiday Club, Barrow – £4,500
  • Morecambe Bay Partnership, Saving the Bay’s Birds – £28,810
  • RAIS Lancaster – £8,200
  • Ulverston Inshore Rescue – £5,000
  • West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Bootle Village Flood Management – £22,084

Natural Ambassadors showing people the Birds of the Bay, courtesy of Morecambe Bay Partnership

Imran Nawaz, Ørsted Stakeholder Adviser, said:

“Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the incredible array of deserving projects and organisations. It’s always a pleasure to see the enthusiasm and passion for the local community which comes across in all the applications we receive and we are delighted to support such worthwhile causes.”

Jenny Wain, Morecambe Bay Partnerships Development Officer, said:

“Morecambe Bay Partnership is thrilled to be awarded a grant from Walney Extension Community Fund. It will enable us to do more for the Bay’s amazing birds. Morecambe Bay is in the UK’s top 3 places for birds. Despite this, birds are seriously threatened, with numbers plummeting by 50% for many priority species. With this funding we will support communities to become Natural Ambassadors so they can protect oystercatchers, curlews, dunlin, knot and other birds at every day places around the Bay, making sure that their evocative calls continue be heard by all.”

The Fund is made possible by Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) which has constructed the world’s largest 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.

Wading birds resting in the Bay courtesy of 2020 Vision

The sixteen groups above join a list of 75 other community groups that have already benefitted from the Fund.

The seventh round of the Fund is now open to applications. The next closing date for applications is 10 July 2019.

For more details about the Walney Extension Community Fund, please click here.

Local groups interested in applying should be aware that the criteria for the Fund is changing. After the July 2019 application deadline, the maximum grant groups can apply for will be changing from £75,000 to £50,000.

Header image: A flock of knot, courtesy of 2020 Vision