Orchard End Community Benefit Fund Criteria

Fund Overview

The REG Power Management Orchard End Wind Farm project is committed to providing an annual Community Benefit Fund of £16,000 for community projects.

The Fund will allow groups to apply for grants between £250 and £8,000. There will be two application rounds each year. Half of the available annual funding, this being £8,000, will be available at each funding round.

Project Location

Projects for which grants are requested must be located within 4km of REG Power Management’s Orchard End Wind Farm. Priority will be given to projects located within 3km.

You can check if your project location is within the funding area by clicking the map image below:

Project Purpose

The Fund is open to any community project which is for the benefit of residents of the local area.

Some examples of the type of projects the Fund will support are given below:

  • Projects to improve public amenities e.g. community halls, sports facilities
  • Footpath works
  • Environmental and wildlife projects including projects to improve public parks and open spaces
  • Activities / events to engage the local community
  • Energy efficiency or renewable energy projects, such as insulation, efficient boilers or small scale renewable energy installations.

The above list is not exhaustive and is provided to give ideas only.

Eligible Organisations

Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Parish Councils
  • Local Authorities (if they are applying on behalf of a community organisation)
  • 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.


Grants will not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations.
  • Core running costs of an organisation.
  • 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 or with restrictive charges).
  • Projects that only benefit one individual.
  • Projects that are narrowly religious in focus or that support a party political campaign.
  • 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 responsibility, 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.

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.
  • For applications above £2,500, does the application demonstrate any contribution towards the project by the applicant organisation, for example match funding or a gift in-kind of labour and / or materials.

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