Windfall for Community Groups in Northumberland

The Ventient Sisters North Steads Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has made its first round of awards in 2018. Four grants totalling £37,485 have been awarded to projects within a five kilometer radius of the wind farm.

Ellington Juniors Football Club, which is in the process of developing a large-scale facility including four football pitches, a clubhouse and a 3G multi-use games area, received an award of £16,704 to pay for the connection and installation of water, electric and waste drainage to the clubhouse.

Trevor Dunn, the coach at Ellington Juniors Football Club said:

“Ellington Juniors was formed back in 1988, and 30 years on we are now in a fantastic position where we can create a new and significantly enhanced facility that gives young people the best possible resources to develop their football skills.

“We are very grateful to support from Ventient Energy and the Community Foundation who are enabling us to undertake the necessary works required to ensure that our clubhouse has running water, electricity and waste drainage.”

The Ventient Sisters North Steads Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund at the Community Foundation makes grants between £500 and £10,000 a year to support capital or revenue funding for voluntary and community groups. A panel made up of members of the local community recommend the grant awards.

During the first round of funding, grants were awarded to Ellington Juniors FC, Coquet Shorebase Trust in Amble, St John the Baptist Church in Ulgham and Ulgham Parish Council. The Fund will reopen for a second round of awards from 3 July 2018.

Ricardo Rocha, Asset Manager at Ventient Energy added:

“Ventient Energy is passionate about empowering communities in the area that we operate. After listening to local interests, we set up a grants programme with the Community Foundation and it’s great to make our first set of awards. We want groups to use it and make a difference to a lot of local people and projects such as Ellington Juniors, which is doing fantastic work and has a brilliant opportunity to develop land in Ellington.”

Pete Barrett, Senior Programme Advisor at the Community Foundation added:

“The Ventient Sisters North Steads Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is a wonderful opportunity for groups and charities within a 5km radius of the windfarm to receive funding. This could include maintaining and upgrading Village Halls, help with access to community facilities, providing vital funds to cover running costs for community groups, or supporting projects that add value to the public.

The Fund will reopen for application from 3 July until 20 August 2018, for consideration at a panel meeting in September.

For more information visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply  or contact Pete Barrett, Senior Programme Advisor on 0191 222 0945 or email pb@communityfoundation.org.uk.

 

For further information please contact Iain Riddell, Communications and Development Executive on 0191 222 0945, or email ir@communityfoundation.org.uk

Four grants totalling to £37,485 were distributed to:

Ellington Juniors Football Club, which is in the process of developing a large-scale facility including four football pitches, a clubhouse and a 3G multi-use games area, received an award of £16,704 to pay to for the connection and installation of water, electric and waste drainage to the clubhouse.

Coquet Shorebase Trust in Amble, received an award of £6,120 to run free water sports sessions for Year Four pupils (age 8 – 9) at Widdrington, Red Row First School, Broomhill First School as well as community organisations such as the Area Training and Activity Centre (ATAC) in Widdrington, Hadston House Youth and Community Project and the County Youth Service.

St John the Baptist Church in Ulgham received an award of £6,661 to support re-pointing of its external and internal areas with lime mortar to protect the church from dampness and external water ingress in line with its Grade II listed building status.

Ulgham Parish Council received an award of £8,000 to carry out necessary repair and restoration work to the War memorial in the village.

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland acts as a hub for individuals, families, businesses, and other charities that want to give to communities, by matching their interests with those seeking funding.

It provides help for children and older people, people affected by disadvantage and ill-health and those seeking education and work, as well as providing grants to support the arts, the environment, community activities and amateur sport.

The Newcastle-based charity, the UK’s biggest Community Foundation, has built an endowment of over £80 million from donations to the various funds it holds.

About ventient energy

Ventient Energy is one of the largest generator of onshore wind energy in the UK. The company was formed by the merger of Zephyr and Infinis Wind, and operates 34 onshore wind farms across the UK.