First pay-outs to local groups from Hallburn Wind Farm Community Fund

New Christmas lights, IT equipment for local army cadets, replacement windows for a bowling club, equipment for a community play area and support for a youth project are among ten good causes that are the first to benefit from the Hallburn Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

The first £33,000 in grants from the Community Benefit Fund has been allocated, with support from a local Advisory Group that has been established to help decide which organisations receive the awards.

Hallburn Wind Farm will consist of six 2.2MW wind turbines each standing 125 metres high to the tip of the turbine blade.  They will generate electricity equivalent to the needs of around 10,100 households, with power from the turbines set to be routed into the local supply network.

The money is the first of two allocations of grants – each totalling £33,000 – which will be made each year. During the 25-year operating period of the wind farm the community fund will pay out more than £1.6 million.

The full list of grant allocations is:

  • Longtown Bowling Club – £1,500 – contribution to the cost of new windows and doors in the club house.
  • Hethersgill Parish Council – £600 – to help meet the cost of a new community website
  • Longtown Youth Project – £2,500 – to help fund the project which provides activities and services for 11-14-year olds in Longtown Memorial Hall Community Centre.
  • Arthuret Parish Council – £2,000 – contribution for new festive lighting in the town centre.
  • Longtown Childcare Trust – £5,000 – contribution to the cost of developing play areas and facilities at the Pear Tree Nursery in Longtown.
  • Arthuret Church Council – £2,500 – to help fund an extension to the churchyard.
  • Kirkandrews-on-Esk Parish Council – £16,950 – to help provide superfast broadband to parts of the parish where it will not be available under the Connecting Cumbria scheme.
  • Arthuret Parish Council – £500 – contribution to the cost of the annual senior citizens’ Christmas Party.
  • Longtown Detachment Cumbria Army Cadet Force – £1200 – to purchase new IT equipment for use in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
  • Longtown Women’s Institute – £250 – to help fund a computer training session for the WI.

The Advisory Group comprises: Chair – Cllr John Mallinson (Carlisle City Council), Cllr Ray Bloxham (Carlisle City Council), Cllr Val Tarbitt (Cumbria County Council) and one nominated Parish Councillor from each of the five councils covered by the fund; Kirkandrews-on-Esk, Arthuret, Hethersgill, Kirklinton Middle and Westlinton

GrantScape, an independent grant-making charity, administers the Fund on behalf of the local community, and will help and advise groups on eligibility and how to complete grant applications. The deadline for the next round of applications is 14 February 2018.

Deliveries of the components for the six Vestas V100 turbines at the Hallburn Wind Farm are now complete, which means the work on the wind farm can progress with the aim of completing installation, testing and commissioning of the turbines by the end of the year.

For more information about the fund and how to apply, please visit the funding page at http://www.grantscape.org.uk/fund/hallburn-wind-farm-community-benefit-fund/ or contact GrantScape directly on 01908 247630, email info@grantscape.org.uk