Potato Pot Community Benefit Fund – Criteria

Please read the following very carefully to make sure you are eligible before you apply.

Fund Overview

The Potato Pot Community Benefit Fund has £18,900 available per year for community projects (the Fund).

The Fund allows groups to apply for grants as follows:

  • Minimum grant level – £250
  • Maximum grant level – £12,000

There is one application round to apply to each year. However, additional rounds may be established if not all the funding is allocated.

Project locations

Projects for which grants are requested must be located within 4km from the turbines. There is a map link on the previous page where you can check if your project location is in the eligible area.

Priority will be given to:

  • Energy efficiency or renewable energy projects, such as insulation, efficient boilers or small scale renewable energy installations
  • Training or education projects, especially vocational training for unemployed young people under the age of 25 years old
  • Any other community projects for the benefit of residents of the local area
Eligible Organisations

Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary, community groups
  • Parish Councils
  • Schools and educational establishments
  • 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.

Organisations that have already received grants from the Fund can apply for further grants each year. All organisations can also submit more than one application to each round of the Fund.


Grants will not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations
  • Private membership-based sports clubs and facilities unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction (e.g. not membership by nomination organisations)
  • Projects that only benefit one individual (unless the application is received from an organisation and the project directly benefits individuals, e.g. energy saving measures such as insulation)
  • Projects that are narrowly religious in focus or that support a party political campaign or cause
  • Funding core costs in organisations, e.g. running costs, administration costs, building rental costs etc., unless the applicant is able to demonstrate a real need, there is a clear community benefit, and the circumstances are exceptional
  • 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)
  • Works considered a statutory duty, such as scheduled transport services, works to public highways and public car parks
Judging Criteria

The main criteria used when assessing applications received will be:

  • The social, economic and environmental benefits which will result from the project
  • The level of community support for and involvement in the project
  • The location of the project in relation to the Potato Pot turbines
  • The number of people within the stated area of benefit that will benefit from the project

Other factors will also be considered which must be demonstrated in the application:

  • The ability of the applicant to deliver the project
  • How the work will be continued after the project has been completed i.e. its sustainability and legacy
  • Value for money

If, after reading the above, you are confident that your project meets the criteria, please click Next, below: