East Coast Community Fund


Coastal communities on the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North Norfolk coasts (as far as Wells-next-the-Sea). Please refer to the map below.

Total Grants Available:

£465,000 approximately per year (£75,000 of this is ring-fenced for a 'Skills Fund')

Fund Provided by:

The Hornsea Project One and Race Bank Offshore Wind Farms

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s (formerly DONG Energy) Race Bank and Hornsea Project One offshore wind farms which are located off the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coast. When they are both operational in 2018 and 2020 respectively, these two windfarms will have a combined capacity of nearly 1.8 gigawatts, making them capable of meeting the electricity needs of 1.5 million UK homes.

To find out more about the two project developments please click the links below:

Race Bank Offshore Windfarm
Hornsea Offshore Windfarm

Ørsted has committed to a Community Fund worth approximately £465,000 each year for the next 20 years.

Skills Fund

£75,000 of the Fund each year is ring-fenced for a ‘Skills Fund’. Please note that the Skills Fund operates differently to the main Community Fund with different processes and closing dates. Please click here for more information.

Main Community Fund

There are two application closing dates each year to the Community Fund. The next two application rounds are detailed below. Late applications submitted after a closing date will be processed in the next round (approximately six months later).

Projects located in Norfolk within the current ECCF boundary, which are in the proposed area for the new Hornsea 3 Community Benefit Fund, should continue to apply to the ECCF until the new Fund is launched. This is still subject to the final investment decision (FID) being made to proceed with the development.

Closing date:
31 January 2024
Decision by:
End April 2024
Closing date:
31 July 2024
Decision by:
End October 2024
Grants Awarded

To find out which organisations were previously awarded grants, please click below:

Project Locations

To be eligible to apply for a grant your project must be located, and be for the benefit of communities, within the funding area. (Please note the area of benefit also includes the coastal tidal zones and marine area directly in line with the onshore areas).

Projects located outside the area are not eligible to apply unless they satisfy all the following three criteria: 1) The project is located in a town or village which is directly divided by the funding area boundary line; 2) The group can clearly evidence the project is needed as a local amenity that will directly benefit individuals within the bisected town or village (e.g. it is the only such provision in the bisected town or village and is providing an amenity for the residents of the bisected town or village); 3) The group has been expressly told by GrantScape in writing that the project meets the criteria and is eligible to apply. In these cases, you must contact GrantScape to discuss your application before applying or the application will be rejected.

If you have questions about whether your project is located in the East Coast Community Fund eligible area please call the GrantScape team. We would much rather we confirm this before you spend time completing your application to find out later your project is not eligible.

Please click on the map image below. It will open up an interactive map within which you can enter your postcode and zoom in to identify if your project is located in the area of benefit. If your location appears within any of the coloured shaded areas of the map, it is located within the funding area.

Grant Amounts

Grants from £1,000 up to £50,000 are available. Now you have checked the map and are confident your project is located within the area of benefit, please click below, to read the Full Criteria carefully to make sure your project is eligible.