Ørsted Announces Latest Round of Walney Extension Community Fund Grants

Ørsted Announces Latest Round of Walney Extension Community Fund Grants

We are delighted to announce the winners of the latest round of applications to the Walney Extension Community Fund. Eighteen lucky groups will each receive a share of the just over £327,000 windfall available in the latest round of the Fund.

The announcement comes just weeks after the Walney Extension offshore wind farm in Cumbria was inaugurated and became the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world.

Since the Fund launched in 2016 over £1.2M has now been committed to community and environmental projects located in coastal communities of Cumbria and Lancashire near the wind farm.

The full list of organisations awarded grants from Round 5 of the Fund are as follows:

  • 1st Carnforth Scout Group – £5,000
  • Bluebell Foundation, Barrow in Furness – £5,000
  • Butterfly Conservation – £29,068
  • Carnforth & District Bowling Club – £5,000
  • Carnforth Community Swimming Pool Ltd – £14,650
  • Drop Zone Youth Projects, Barrow – £36,864
  • Duddon Inshore Rescue – £16,600
  • Grizebeck Village Hall Committee – £3,950
  • Hospice at Home West Cumbria – £17,460
  • Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Club – £10,720
  • Lancaster Community Club CIC Intercepted Food Depot – £51,000
  • Lightburn Park Playground, South Lakeland District Council – £10,000
  • Mind in Furness Ltd – £22,508
  • Morecambe Bay Foodbank – £30,000
  • Neuro Drop In Centre, Lancaster – £50,000
  • The Dream Team Singers, Wyre – £2,750
  • Ulverston Lantern Supporters Group – £1,860
  • Yew Tree Playing Fields Playground, South Lakeland District Council – £15,000

Humphrey Laidlaw, Ørsted Policy Analyst, said:

“The North West is now home to the world’s largest offshore wind farm capable of supplying clean electricity to almost 600,000 homes, but our commitment to the region goes beyond creating green energy. We are delighted to be able to support the incredible work community work that goes on throughout the area, which is showcased in this latest round of funding. So far, the Walney Extension Community has contributed more than £1.2 million to local groups and organisations to help make a positive and lasting difference.”

Butterfly Conservation’s North West Regional Officer, Martin Wain, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have received this funding, which will be used to help conserve some of the rarest and most threatened butterfly and moth species in the UK. We will also be working locally to stimulate wood fuel, timber extraction and coppice businesses and we can connect with local groups for training, up-skilling and developing volunteer opportunities in woodland management for butterflies. This is such an exciting project and we are particularly pleased to be working with the old foresters to inspire and train a new generation.”

The Fund is made possible by Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) which has constructed the new offshore wind farm off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. Each year, approximately £600,000 will be made available for community projects for the expected 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.

The eighteen groups above join a list of 57 other community groups that have already benefitted from the Fund.

The sixth round of the Fund is now open to applications. For full details about the Fund and how to apply, please click here