Potato Pot Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Awards First Grants

Potato Pot Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Awards First Grants

logoTwo highly deserving local projects are celebrating being the first to be awarded grants through the new Potato Pot Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, and the fund organisers are calling for other groups nearby to apply for a share of almost £16,000.

The successful projects are Ullock Village Hall and Kirkstile Community Centre.

Ullock Village Hall will receive £1,220 to purchase sound and media equipment. The Hall offers talks and presentations throughout the year but currently has to hire or borrow the necessary equipment. Mr Ray Perry, Treasurer of Ullock Village Hall said: “The Ullock Village Hall Committee are extremely pleased to receive this award from the Potato Pot Fund. Going towards upgrading facilities at the Village Hall, the grant will make presenting popular events such as talks and slide shows a much easier prospect. Thanks again to the fund for their generous award.”

Kirkstile Community Centre has been awarded £1,300 towards the installation of a projector, screen, speaker system and audio loop. Over the past 6 years the Centre has been extensively refurbished and this latest project will further improve the offering for the local communities served by the Centre. Louise Richardson, Treasurer of Kirkstile Community Centre said: “We are very grateful for the contribution made by the Potato Pot Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund towards the purchase of much needed audio visual equipment including an audio loop. This equipment will greatly enhance the enjoyment of people attending the many varied events held in the hall and will be of special value to those who are hard of hearing.”

The Fund was officially launched in April 2016 and at the time anticipated making available £16,200 each year for the expected lifetime of the Potato Pot wind farm which is located near Workington, Cumbria. Now the turbines are turning Potato Pot Wind Farm Limited have been able to add even more funding into the pot and the amount available to the community has been increased to £18,900 – and that’s each year for 25 years!

Groups located within a 4km radius of the wind farm with worthwhile local projects can apply for amounts between £250 and £9,000.

Liz Payne from GrantScape said: “It’s great to begin awarding grants through this new Fund. Many congratulations to the first two groups. Let’s hope they are the first of many local projects to benefit. I’d encourage local groups to get in touch if they have a project in mind and would like more information about making an application.” Liz can be contacted directly on 01282 543775 or email: liz.payne@grantscape.org.uk.

The next application deadline is 4th January 2017 with decisions being made before the end of March 2017. For full details about the Fund and how to apply, please click below: