The Routh Wind Farm Community Fund currently receives an annual donation from the developer. Find out more about funding information for communities here.
The first planning permission was granted in 2011 for the building of Hall Farm Wind Farm. As part of this section 106 agreement the Routh Wind Farm community Fund was created and it received its first donation in March 2014.
The wind farm is now owned by John Laing plc who is continuing with the original commitment to the Community Fund and provides an index-linked annual donation to the Fund of around £40,000/annum.
John Laing plc (external website)
The area of benefit of the fund is the East Riding of Yorkshire with a preference for applications for projects within the proximity of the wind farm.
The fund is designed to promote initiatives for public benefit within a defined area (the area of benefit). The following types of projects are eligible for help from the Fund:
Energy efficiency activities
Applications are welcomed from community groups, community organisations, charities, parish councils, schools, churches, firms and societies.
New groups or ideas for projects where a group does not currently exist can be considered (please contact fund administrator for further advice).
Individuals may not apply.
The following activities cannot be supported by the fund:
Payments from the fund will usually be made in the form of grants. Subject to appropriate governance measures as required, other forms of financial assistance (e.g. commissioning, loans, donations) can be considered by the fund panel. For further details contact the fund administrator at:
For information on other funding opportunities please visit: Finding a grant
Applications for over £1000 should be made, online, to the main fund. There are no upper or lower limits on the amount of money that can be requested, however, the fund panel has indicated that applications above £15,000 would be considered exceptional.
Applications for under £1000 should be made to the Small Grant fund. This is a simpler application process for small one-off projects. Unlike the main fund (which is open to receive applications for three months), the Small Grant fund is open year-round.
Please also see the answer to 'How do I submit an application?'
The fund panel will generally support up to 80% of the costs of a project. However, in certain circumstances higher or lower limits may be applied.
Decisions are made by a fund panel made up of the representatives from the following organisations:
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is the Accountable Body for the fund and provides the secretariat and administration service through the council’s Rural Policy and Partnerships Team.
The main fund is open and will close on 27 April 2021.
Applications to the Small Grants fund can be made at any time.
For the small grant option the applicant completes a paper based application using the forms and guidance that can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. The applicant completes the form and returns it to the administrator via email. The application is then circulated to the panel for a decision and if the application is approved by a majority the applicant is informed and the grant is paid directly into the group/organisations account without the need for an invoice. In most cases this process should only take approximately 14 days from application to decision.
For applications to the main fund:
Applications to the main fund (over £1000) should be made online within the Flexi-Grant system.
To access this system visit the Flexi-Grant website:
Flexi-Grant System (external council website)
There are two options on the system to choose from:
Both forms have Guidance Notes to help you complete the form.
Applications for up to £1000 should be made on the Small Grants form which, along with Guidance Notes, can be downloaded from the table below.
If you have any queries please contact the fund by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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