Local community groups secure grants from Withernwick Wind Farm Community Fund

Wed, 09 Dec 2020

Community groups and local organisations in the Holderness area will benefit from the latest round of awards made by Withernwick Wind Farm Community Fund.

The fund receives an annual donation from EnergieKontor Ltd of over £40,000 and is administered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The fund aims to support a range of local community projects, from improving community amenities and sports facilities to enhancing community services and activities. 

The independent fund panel of local volunteers meets to consider applications that can be submitted by applicants throughout the year.

The latest round saw the fund panel grant several awards, including a £10,000 contribution to Hornsea Town Council's plans to develop the Ebor Avenue play area.

Joanna Richardson, clerk to Hornsea Town Council, said: "We are thrilled to receive this award from the Withernwick Wind Farm Community Fund as it will, with other funding secured, enable us to upgrade the Ebor Avenue play area which is an important community facility."

The fund has also enabled St Albans Church, Withernwick, to recently complete a cherished project of re-instating the church bells.

Anne Wood, church warden of St Albans, said: "At last the bells are back at St Albans. They were taken down and sent off for repair two years ago when the roof was renewed. Only a few people remember hearing them so there was great excitement when we heard, 'The bells are coming back'.

"They have a lovely mellow tone and it's wonderful to hear them ringing out across the village. Our thanks to everyone who helped us to raise the money and to the Withernwick Wind Farm Community Fund for their generous grant. Whatever else we have for Christmas, the bells will ring again in Withernwick."

Sharlah Cantwell, the newly-elected chair of the fund panel, said: "We are delighted to see these funds going to a wide range of exciting community-led projects, and look forward to supporting fantastic local community projects for many years to come.

"We would also like to draw attention to our easy-to-apply-for small grants option which are considered promptly by the panel on a rolling basis and can be for applications of up to £1,000 in value. Currently, this option is particularly aimed at community groups who are dealing with issues arising from the current pandemic."

The fund is open to receive applications to the main fund all year round and the panel meets several times a year to make funding decisions. The next decision-making meeting will be in March 2021 when the panel will consider applications received to the end of February.

For more information, please email ruralfunding@eastriding.gov.uk

For more general information on the Withernwick Wind Farm Community Fund, or to make an application, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/withernwick-fund

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