Applications are now being invited for the first round of community grants from the new Wryde Croft Wind Farm.
From 2016 the developer is making contributions of just over £50,000 per annum over the lifetime of the wind farm into the Wryde Croft Wind Farm Community Fund. The fund is being administered by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
Applications for funding are invited from not-for-profit constituted groups (not individuals) delivering charitable projects with public benefit for residents who live in the Area Of Benefit for the fund – a 6km radius around the farm.
Grants will be offered normally in the range of £250 to £5,000, although in exceptional circumstances higher sums may be considered.
Here are some examples of how the fund might be used
- To purchase music stands for a band.
- To refurbish a Children’s Park.
- To purchase new mats for a Bowls Club.
- To help build a cricket pavilion with changing facilities and disabled access.
- To provide activities for young people and Youth clubs.
- To provide a Christmas dinner for the elderly.
- To help build a ‘sensory garden’ for pre-school children.
- To help towards the purchase a minibus for a Community Transport scheme.
- To purchase ‘smart boards’ for a school.
- To support community activities and annual events.
The first round of grants will be considered at the panel meeting in mid March 2016, applications and supporting information must be submitted by 1 February 2016.
Cambridgeshire Community Foundation is a local grant-making charity and more information (including eligibility and documents you have to be able to provide such as safeguarding and equal opportunity policies) as well the application form can be found at:-
Wryde Croft wind farm was built during the summer and comprises 13 turbines situated north east of Thorney off New Cut.