Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Community Fund

 

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Community Fund

Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Community Fund started in 2009 and is a joint venture between Kent Community Foundation and Sussex Community Foundation. Since then, the Fund has given out over £200,000 to around 75 small Kent charities and community groups who operate within ten miles of the wind farm. The Fund will last for the life of the wind farm (around 20 years) which means a total investment of over £1.2 million into local activities and projects.

Initially, the Fund was restricted to applications within seven kilometres of Little Cheyne Court. In November 2010, this area of benefit was increased to encompass a 10 kilometre radius of the wind farm. In addition to the annual fund, an environmental grant scheme was held during the construction period funded by legal costs awarded following a public enquiry in communities surrounding the site. As well as providing the fund, RWE Innogy UK covers all administration costs.

Grants from this Fund range up to £5,000 and support a wide variety of activities to the benefit of local residents. All grants are approved by a panel of local community members. Click here to download the full list of grants given in Kent up to 2016.

 

Case Study - Lydd Allotments Association

Lydd Allotments AssociationLydd allotments beat fierce competition to receive a grant of £11,000 in the environmental grant scheme in association with Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm. This enabled them to purchase a rotovator, security fencing, some solar powered lighting and a pump for the pond to support the regeneration of the allotments. Not only have over 100 plot holders benefited, but also the juniors section and other groups who hold plots.

The Allotments Association provide help and advice for new plot holders and is working really hard to promote the benefits of growing fresh produce locally to the whole community.  The group have also been awarded a second grant of £3,755 from the community fund in 2010 to install a poly tunnel to provide a sheltered environment for older plot holders, including raised beds for planting, and water butts.

The fund has continued to support the projects with £2,500 for fencing in 2012 and £1,250 in 2014 for a petrol shredder to assist with composting.

The deadline to apply for funding from the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Community Fund is 22nd September 2017. Apply now on our Funding Available page.

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