Ørsted awards over £250,000 in latest round of the  Walney Extension Community Fund

Ørsted awards over £250,000 in latest round of the Walney Extension Community Fund

Sixteen organisations from coastal communities in Cumbria and Lancashire are celebrating the news that they have been awarded a total of more than £250,000 in grants as part of Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund.

Launched in 2016, Ørsted has now supported 200 projects in the region through the main Walney Extension Community Fund and the dedicated Skills Fund. Successful groups have shared a huge windfall of £3,518,456.

Imran Nawaz, Stakeholder Advisor & Community Benefit Fund Manager for Ørsted, said: “With this latest round of grant awards we have passed two very significant milestones, awarding more than £3.5 million to a total of 200 local community projects. The aim of our community funds is to help support the incredible hard work and dedication of local organisations who are striving to make a real difference. It’s a pleasure to be able to support these local projects and help them to make a lasting positive impact.”

The full list of organisations awarded grants from the 12th round of funding are as follows:

Strawberry Fields Training – £21,500
Stanleys Community Centre – £24,572
Neuro Drop In Centre – £22,000
Shackles Off Youth & Community Project – £18,000
South Lakeland District Council, Owlett Ash Playground Redevelopment – £10,000
Cumbria CVS – £30,481
Citizens Advice North Lancashire – £25,000
Less UK (Lancaster District) – £19,630
Lancaster City Council (Friends of Greaves Park) – £15,000
South Lakes Citizens Advice – £25,000
Kendal Windows on Art – £4,700
St John’s Church, Waberthwaite – £15,000
Friends of Bram – £5,000
SAFE – £18,699
WIDE, Lancaster – £3,138
Wyre District Scouts – £1,380

Helen Greatorex, CEO of Citizens Advice North Lancashire, said: “Citizens Advice North Lancashire helps thousands of people each year to solve the problems they are facing with free, confidential advice and advocacy. Our team of expert advisers and trained volunteers specialise in debt, housing, benefit and employment issues but also deal with a huge range of problems.

“We rely on volunteers to help us cope with the demand on our service and we are really excited about our new project, welcoming a new Volunteer Co-ordinator into our team who will help to foster and encourage volunteering at Citizens Advice North Lancashire. We are hugely grateful for the funding awarded to us by the Walney Extension Community Fund and we hope that we will be able to encourage many more volunteers to get involved with us and contribute to our work.”

The Fund is made possible by Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, which has constructed one of the world’s largest operational offshore wind farms, Walney Extension, off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. Each year, approximately £600,000 will be made available for community projects for the expected 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.

The next closing date for applications is 29 June 2022. For more details about the Fund and how to apply, please click here



Photo: Staff and volunteers at Citizens Advice North Lancashire