Local Wind Farm Community Fund Hits £250,000 Milestone

Local Wind Farm Community Fund Hits £250,000 Milestone

The local Crook Hill Community Fund has reached a major milestone as it announces the 2022 grant recipients. The latest 14 groups to receive funding take the total awarded over the £250,000 mark since the Fund launched seven years ago.

The Fund, which awarded its first grants in 2016, has now distributed a total of £258,535 among 89 local projects.

Whitworth Sports Council (WSC) have already completed their project, with their grant of £936. Jim Mellor, from WSC said: “The money from the Crook Hill Community Fund has given us the opportunity to provide a metal barrier to our playing field at Leavengreave, Shawforth. This means we now have permanent access, which we didn’t have before. When the Circus comes to town we had to get someone with a digger to make a hole in the earth bund around the site and then as soon as the Circus left, we had to get them back again quickly so that we didn’t get unauthorised people coming on to the field. It also helps us with the plans we have to upgrade the field because we now have easy access for contractors.”

An award of £3,800 comes just in time to help Rochdale AFC Community Sports Trust deliver a programme of football-centred activity over the school summer holidays. The programme will mix sport and physical activity with elements of catch-up education provision to help ensure children return to school ready to thrive in the new academic year. The grant is for activities at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Littleborough and St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School, Whitworth. Ryan Bradley, Community Director at the Trust said: “Rochdale AFC Community Trust are delighted to receive this support and know it will make a huge difference to the local community.”

Also celebrating their £1,000 grant award is Whitworth Playgroup. The group will use the grant to purchase new equipment to improve the mathematical learning of their pre-school children, which will aid them in transitioning to primary school. That is especially important following the Covid-19 pandemic. Karen Grayson, Administrator at Whitworth Playgroup said: “We were thrilled to learn that our application was successful and know that our children will really benefit from the equipment it will fund.”

The other projects being supported this year are Wardle Football Club, Whitworth and District U3A, Tonacliffe Primary School, Rotary Club of Rochdale East (Wardle Academy), Create and Connect, Littleborough Food & Drink Festival, Wardle Bowling Club, MoorEnd Development Trust, Whitworth Community Choir, Littleborough Arts Festival and Rossendale Leisure Trust. Collectively the groups awarded funding in 2022 will share £39,994.

The funding for the Community Fund is provided by Crook Hill Wind Farm, which is managed by independent investment firm, Vantage Infrastructure (www.vantageinfra.com), with support of Partnerships for Renewables (www.pfr.co.uk). The Fund distributes £35,000 annually over the 20 – 25 year lifetime of the project. Groups located within a 5km radius of the wind farm can apply for grants of between £250 and £10,000. The Fund is being administered by national charity GrantScape.

The 2023 application deadline for the Crook Hill Community Fund is 8 February 2023.

To find out more about the Fund and to apply, please click here or contact the Grant Team on 01908 247630.

A full list of groups supported through the Fund can be found here.