Over One Million Pounds Awarded Through Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

Over One Million Pounds Awarded Through Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

Thirteen organisations around Liverpool Bay are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The latest awards take the total number of projects supported to 116, with total funds awarded reaching £1,012,500 since the Fund launched in May 2015.

The full list of organisations awarded grants under this latest round of the Community Benefit Fund are as follows:

• Wirral Debt Advice – £4,350
• British Wireless for the Blind Fund, Sefton – £3,293
• Sharks Community Trust, The Wirral – Mental Health Education for Young People – £12,000
• B 4 Biodiversity CIC, Community Beekeeping in Sefton – £5,000
• The Inclusion Network CIC, Bootle – £15,000
• NSPCC, Protect and Respect: North Wales – £10,000
• Bootle Christ Church Youth and Community Centre – £12,000
• All Afloat Sailability, Rhyl Marine Lake – £15,376
• The Reach Mens Centre CIC, Bootle – £4,874
• Creative Spaces Company (Liverpool) CIC, The Story Box – £5,000
• The Mix Crosby, Afterschool Youth Café – £4,855
• Ykids Ltd, Kingsley and Co Children’s Literary Enterprise Bootle – £15,000
• Crea8ing Careers, Wirral – Family Education, Community Wellbeing and Resilience Development – £10,252

On hearing the good news Rosy Hearn, All Afloat Manager, said: “All Afloat are delighted to have been awarded a grant from Ørsted for £15,376 through their Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund for a Sailability project on Rhyl Marine Lake. Working alongside Rhyl Yacht Club, All Afloat will be able to provide fully accessible sailing sessions to local disabled children and adults. We are so excited about the project and can’t wait to introduce inclusive sailing in the area.”

Imran Nawaz, Stakeholder Advisor & Community Benefit Fund Manager for Ørsted, said: “We take a great sense of pride in the success of our Community Benefit Funds and in seeing the positive impact each project has in the local area. To pass through the £1million mark is a real milestone for our Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund and I would encourage any interested local organisations to get their applications in for the next round of funding.”

The Fund is being managed by national grant-making charity GrantScape and more details can be found here. The closing date for the next round of applications is 1st April 2020.

Each year, for the expected 25 year lifetime of the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, approximately £225,000 will be made available for community projects, which will benefit the local area.

Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm was officially opened in May 2017 and is capable of meeting the electricity demand of well over 230,000 homes. It was the first offshore wind farm in the world to commercially demonstrate the massive 8MW MHI Vestas turbines which stand at a staggering 195m, tall from sea-level to tip.

Photo: Amelia and her mum Sylwia on Rhyl Marine Lake in All Afloat’s accessible boats