Hornsea Three Community Fund

Hornsea Three Community Fund



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Fund Provided by:

The Hornsea Three Offshore Wind Farm

Ørsted is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where they construct and operate their offshore wind farms and other projects. Ørsted has therefore committed to providing a Community Benefit Fund (CBF), worth £700,000 each year for an initial 10 year period from its Hornsea Three offshore wind farm development. The CBF is still subject to Orsted making a positive Financial Investment Decision (FID) to develop the site which is expected in late 2022.

The boundary for the proposed Hornsea Three Community Fund will start at the Lincolnshire/Norfolk county boundary and follow along a 5km coastal strip to just south of Lowestoft in Suffolk. In addition, there is a 5km zone which follows the route of the proposed electrical cabling that will connect to the main Electricity Grid.

GrantScape has been appointed to carry out a community consultation exercise to seek views and support from local stakeholders on how this new Fund should be set up.

Ørsted already provides funding to the East Coast Community Fund (ECCF) via donations from Hornsea One, and Race Bank offshore wind farms. This Fund has already awarded over £2.5M to nearly 200 community, environmental and educational projects over the past 5 years and helped to make a real impact for those living within the coastal funding zone. The ECCF boundary follows a coastal strip from Bridlington in East Yorkshire to Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. You can view the ECCF by clicking here:

When the new Fund is opened to applications (expected April 2023), communities located in the current ECCF funding area in Norfolk will apply for funding to the Hornsea Three Community Fund.

Please click here to see a map of the current ECCF funding boundary.

Please click here to see a map of the proposed Hornsea Three Community Fund area.

What is the purpose of the consultation?

The criteria for the ECCF was established following an extensive community consultation process back in 2016. The results of the consultation helped to shape the criteria, and over the years these have proven to work well. Application quality and numbers have remained consistently high over the five years that the Fund has been running.

It is proposed that the Hornsea Three Community Fund follows a similar approach to the ECCF in terms of the types of projects it supports. The purpose of the consultation is therefore to ask local stakeholders whether they agree with, and are supportive of (or not), continuing along the same funding themes for the new Hornsea Three Community Fund. These themes are:

  • Community Actives and Services
  • Community Buildings and Facilities
  • Sports and Recreation Activities
  • Environmental and Wildlife Projects as well as Public Open Spaces
  • STEM Education and Skills grants

The consultation is also asking for views about the size of grants, match funding and whether the fund should support capital and / or revenue grants.

Who do we want to receive views from?

We are looking for views from individuals, voluntary and community organisations, local charities, sports and wildlife groups, parish councils, elected councillors, local authorities, educational establishments, etc. that are located in, or may be delivering projects within, the defined benefit area shown in the map above.

If you are located outside of the proposed area you are, of course, very welcome to participate. However, please do note that the boundary itself is not open to consultation. This is because both Ørsted and GrantScape are keen to continue a consistent approach for all of the Ørsted Community Funds whereby the funding supports the coastal communities within a defined 5km zone, the cabling route and other areas of the project construction (including the Parish of Oulton).

What is involved in the consultation?

The consultation process has three stages:

  1. Online Survey – NOW OPEN – SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE

The first step of the consultation process will be an online public survey. This is now open and will close after 7 November. Anyone can get involved and answer the survey, although please do read the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ first.

  1. Meetings with Key Stakeholders

The second step will involve GrantScape consulting with key stakeholders including Local Authorities and voluntary and community infrastructure organisations to discuss the findings of the Stage 1 survey. These meetings will be held in December 2022 and January 2023.

  1. Public Events

In February 2023, GrantScape will hold a series of informal drop-in events around the funding area (and two virtual events, as well, for those who can’t attend the drop-in events in person) for anyone that wants to know more about the Fund and discuss any project ideas they may have. Events will be held in the following locations:

  • King’s Lynn
  • Wells-next-to-sea
  • Sheringham / or Cromer
  • Mundesley
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Holt
  • Reepham
  • Swardeston
  • Lowestoft
  • 2 x Virtual Zoom events

Details of times and venues of the events will be published here by the end of October 2022.

Information gathered throughout the consultation process will be used to finalise the criteria for the Fund. We expect the Fund will go ‘live’ to applications around April 2023.

Why is the funding area for the ECCF changing?

The ECCF has an Advisory Panel of local voluntary representatives stretching from Bridlington to North Norfolk. To simply extend the ECCF boundary and include the new Hornsea Three CBF within it would not only create an Advisory Panel too big in number to manage, but might risk each area not having sufficient local representation.

The two panel members currently representing the ECCF within Norfolk (Community Action Norfolk and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk District Council) will be the first two names on the Hornsea Three Community Fund Panel.

Therefore, communities located in the current ECCF funding area in Norfolk will apply to the Hornsea Three Community Fund, when this area becomes part of the new Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Page which will hopefully have the answers to any of your other questions. They include general questions as well as specific questions if you are located within the current ECCF benefit area or have a live project with the current Fund. If there is a specific question not answered you are very welcome to contact us directly.

Contact details

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for further updates on the consultation and the Hornsea Three Community Fund please send an email to hornseathree@grantscape.org.uk. You are also very welcome to call us on 01908 247630 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also subscribe to our 6-monthly Orsted CBF newsletter by clicking here (note this a separate list to the Hornsea Three Community Fund direct mailings).

Complete the Stage 1 Survey

To complete the survey please click here 


Development Enquires

If you have any questions about the Hornsea Three development itself, please direct them to: Community@hornsea3.co.uk or call 0800 158 2354