Red Gap Community Fund Criteria

Fund Overview

These are the specific funding criteria for the Red Gap Wind Farm Community Fund. The Fund supports community and environmental projects located close to the development and across the Borough of Hartlepool.

  • The Fund has over £70,000 available each year.
  • Applications are invited from community and voluntary groups that meet the criteria throughout the Borough of Hartlepool.
  • Priority will be given to applications within the Parishes of Elwick and Dalton Piercy which were the closest Parishes to the wind farm development when it was constructed.
  • There is one application round each year. The closing date for applications is on the top right of this page. Additional rounds may be established if all the funds are not allocated.
  • The minimum grant groups can apply for is £500
  • Groups can apply for up to £70,000
Match Funding
  • Match funding is not required for applications less than £5,000.
  • Grant applications above £5,001 will require a minimum of 20% match funding.

Please note that match funding will not need to have been secured prior to application. In-kind contributions can be used as match funding, and a formula within Question D8 of the application guidance notes shows how this can be calculated.

Project Location
  • All applications must be located or be delivered to benefit communities within the Borough of Hartlepool, although see the Fund overview above.
  • Any projects located outside the area are not eligible to apply. If you are at all uncertain, please contact the GrantScape Team to discuss your application before you apply.
Project Purpose

Grants will be available for:

  • Community buildings and facilities. For example: capital improvement works to village halls, community centres, museums, heritage centres and community cafes.
  • Community activities and services. For example: projects addressing health and wellbeing, social isolation, family poverty, community safety, access to amenities, young and old people’s projects, and projects providing support for local clubs and groups.
  • Environmental and public open space projects. For example: projects involving parks, nature reserves, community growing schemes, and habitat/species conservation.
  • Sports, recreation and play. For example: playgrounds, skate parks, indoor climbing walls, sports equipment and sports field drainage projects.
Eligible Organisations

Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary, community groups, local charities
  • Parish Councils
  • Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies operating on a non-profit-distributing basis. These are defined by Social Enterprise UK as ‘businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community’. Such organisations must have a minimum of three unrelated Directors.

Applicants are required to have a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document and a bank or building society account, held in the name of the organisation, in place before applying for a grant.

Applicants can apply for further grants each year, however, they may not receive priority over organisations that have previously been turned away or those who are applying for the first time.


Grants will not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations
  • Any works that are a statutory duty (such as works to public highways), or that are the legal responsibility of others to fund
  • Projects that are religious in focus, or that support a party political campaign or cause, or may bring the Fund into disrepute
  • Projects located at religious buildings (unless the project is clearly for the benefit of the wider community, for example a church hall improvement project where the building is available to the general public)
  • Schools and educational establishments (unless the project is clearly for the benefit of the wider community)
  • Private membership-based sports clubs and facilities (unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction which includes restrictive fees and charges, i.e. not membership by nomination organisations)
  • Projects that only benefit individuals
  • Retrospective funding (i.e. funding can only be requested for works that will begin / expenditure that will be incurred AFTER our funding decision has been made and a formal grant Contract issued)
  • Public conveniences and public car parks
  • Allotments (i.e. those that allocate plots to individuals as opposed to community growing schemes which are eligible)
  • Festivals, carnivals, day trips, overseas travel and other similar one-off events
  • Land and building purchase
  • Costs associated with ‘Asset Transfers’ from Local Authorities (i.e. legal costs, feasibility costs etc.). However, once the Asset has been transferred, the group responsible for the amenity is eligible to apply for a grant from the Fund.
Judging Criteria

The criteria used when assessing applications received will be:

  • The level of community support for and involvement in the project
  • The location of the applications in relation to the wind farm development
  • The local community benefit (social, economic and environmental) which will result from the project
  • How the work will be continued after the project has been completed, i.e. its sustainability and legacy
  • The ability of the applicant to deliver the project
  • Value for money

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