Funding to benefit community projects

Jane Evison
Jane Evison

More than £50,000 has been allocated to a number of community projects following applications to a community wind farm fund.

Established by energy company Infinis, the fund encourages applications from community groups, parish councils, schools and churches in the East Wolds and Coastal Ward of the East Riding, with applicants able to apply for projects are not for profit and of public benefit, up to 70 per cent of a project’s costs to a maximum of £5,000.

Applications approved this year include: refurbishment of the green at Beeford Bowling Club (£1,142.32), court and club development of Beeford Lawn Tennis Club (£1,273.40), upgrades to Beeford’s play area, including a double swing set (£2,532.60), a new bus shelter in Burton Agnes (£4,184) and a solar panel installation at Skipsea Village Hall (£5,000).

Councillor Jane Evison, chair of the Lissett Community Wind Farm Fund, said: “The fund continues to benefit communities located near to the wind farm and it is really pleasing that more projects will go ahead thanks to this money.

“Love them or loathe them, we do have a number of wind farms in the East Riding and the council is keen to see local communities benefit should wind farms be established in their vicinity through funding for local projects and it is good to see that interest in the fund from parish and town councils was again strong.”

Scott Mackenzie, Infinis’ Head of Operations, said: “It’s great to see such a broad range of organisations benefitting from the Lissett Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund. The current economic climate has resulted in many community groups struggling to access grant funding which makes locally managed funds like this all the more valuable to the area. We are delighted the fund is making a real difference to the communities neighbouring the wind farm.”

For further information about the Lissett Community Wind Farm Fund, email ruralfunding@eastriding.gov.uk.