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Walney Community Fund – up to £600,000 a year available for community and not for profit groups in coastal areas from Cleveleys to Copeland

In October 2015 Ørsted (Formerly DONG Energy) decided to construct an extension to the operational Walney offshore wind farm. The extension will be located in the Irish Sea, west south west off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. 

Keen to invest in local communities DONG Energy has committed to a fund for community and environmental projects worth approximately £600,000 a year for the lifetime of the project (around 25 years).

Councillor Lynne Bowen, health and community engagement portfolio holder at Wyre Council, said: “This is a significant contribution and an excellent opportunity for communities of Wyre not only for the immediate future but for years to come”.

She adds: “I would encourage eligible groups that are grant ready to apply. Let’s make sure that Wyre has some strong bids submitted at every round”.

The Walney Extension Community Fund is now open for applications. Grants from £500 up to £75,000 are available.

There are two application closing dates each year. The next two application rounds are detailed below. Late applications submitted after a closing date will be processed in the next round (approximately six months later).

  • 1st round closing dates usually fall in the month of:  January
  • For a decision due: April
  • 2nd round closing dates usually fall in the month of:  July
  • For a decision due: October

To be eligible to apply for a grant your project must be located, and for the benefit of communities within the funding area. Please note the area of benefit also includes the coastal tidal zones directly in line with the onshore areas.

An interactive map which checks your postcode to identify if your project is located in the area of benefit, will be available soon; alternatively you can click on this map to view the eligible areas.

Please use this interactive map where you enter your postcode and zoom in to identify if your project is located in the area of benefit.

If you have questions about whether your project is located in the Walney Extension Community Fund eligible area please call the GrantScape team before spending time completing your application. An interactive map which checks your postcode to identify if your project is located in the area of benefit, will be available soon; alternatively you can click on this map to view the eligible areas.

Once you are confident your project is located within the area of benefit, read the criteria carefully to make sure your project is eligible.

Criteria

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