Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund Hits £4 million Milestone

Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund Hits £4 million Milestone

  • Ørsted fund has now awarded £4.1 million to community projects in Cumbria and Lancashire
  • A total of 230 projects have now been awarded funding
  • New judging criteria to encourage applications that are ‘Inspired by Green’

The latest round of funding awards sees Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund soar through the major milestone of awarding over £4million in grant funding.

Some 230 individual projects in coastal communities in Cumbria and Lancashire have shared a massive £4,121,760 through the main Walney Extension Community Fund and it’s dedicated Skills Fund.

Imran Nawaz, Senior Advisor & Community Benefit Fund Manager for Ørsted, said: “This is an exciting milestone to reach. Over the last seven years, we have awarded over £4million, with another 18 years to go. Each of the 230 organisations and charities are great examples of the fantastic community drive in the area. In these challenging times, we are even more grateful to the groups who apply for the funding, to help them deliver their important projects. We’re so proud to support each one.”

Marking this achievement, fund donor Ørsted is keen to ensure the fund plays its part in protecting the environment and is encouraging groups to be ‘Inspired by Green’.

Organisations applying to the Walney Extension Community Fund are being asked to reflect on how their project may impact the environment and to look for opportunities to make their project environmentally sustainable.

Through the grant application process, groups are asked if they are taking steps to minimise the carbon footprint of the project they are seeking funding support for, and whether the project will make a positive impact on the environment – in other words, is the project ‘Inspired by Green’? New judging criteria for the fund is giving greater weighting to the answers to these questions.

Eighteen organisations have been awarded a grant in the latest round of funding, sharing over £253,000. Two of the projects that were ‘Inspired by Green’ were the Dalton Leisure Centre project and the Marsh Street Arches & Gardens CIC project.

On hearing they had been awarded £8,124 to replace their defunct pool cover, Dalton Leisure Centre Manager, Bernard McPeake, said: “Fantastic news – this grant is so important to continue the essential provision of swimming lessons to hundreds of school children and a broad spectrum of other users from young babies right through to the more senior members of the community. The new pool cover is a great way to save energy in several ways, and keeping running costs down is essential for the efficiency of the swimming pool. A big “thank you” to Ørsted from everyone at Dalton Leisure Centre!”

Adam Bearpark, Project Manager at Marsh Street Arches & Gardens CIC, said: “This grant will propel Green Heart Den into 2023 with great vigour. The wider benefits to the community will be massive and will promote strong wellbeing and improve emotional resilience for all those who access our services.” Their project, titled ‘Green Space Education – From Earth to Table Activities’, will expand the staffed opening times of the community gardens, helping them teach more people to grow and eat their own food, saving money and helping the planet.

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

  • Wise Up Workshops CIC, Lancaster – £5,000
  • Positive Futures Well Being Services CIO, Lancaster – £25,438
  • Tara Project Lancaster CIC – £8,640
  • Counselling in the Community, Fleetwood – £24,000
  • Storey’s of Lancaster Football Club – £24,850
  • Walney Churches Scout Group – £4,000
  • Carnforth Cricket Club – £20,000
  • Dalton and Ireleth with Askam PCC, Church Community Centre – £32,247
  • The Ruslands Horizon Trust, Barrow – £5,000
  • Fleetwood Sea Cadets – £4,700
  • Cruse Bereavement Support, Cumbria & Lancaster – £24,916
  • Dignity in Dementia CIC, Lancaster – £15,000
  • The Brathay Trust, Barrow – £16,000
  • Morecambe Community Riso Press – £5,000
  • Ford Park Community Group – £7,360
  • 1st Thornton Cleveleys Scout Group – £1,050
  • The Dalton-in-Furness District Recreational Charity Trust, Leisure Centre – £8,124
  • Marsh Street Arches & Gardens CIC – £22,600

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 fund is being administered by GrantScape. For full details about the Fund and how to apply, please click here