Wind farm grants now available

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COMMUNITY organisations living near the Tydd St Mary wind farm site can apply for grant help for projects.

A Trust has been set up as a result of the development which can award up to £5,000 for volunteer-led, non-profit making community groups.

The Lincolnshire Community Foundation has announced that the Grange Wind Farm Community Fund is now accepting applications.

Initially, the Trust will award grants to projects which benefit local people living within a five-mile radius of the wind farm site.

Trust income comes from RES, the wind farm developer. It will run for 25 years, awarding around £25,000 a year to projects which contribute to community cohesion, energy efficiency or benefit young or old people.

Examples of fundable projects include diversionary and educational activities for young people, workshops, intergenerational projects, support for meeting places (community centres, village halls, playing fields), energy efficiency schemes such as ground source energy schemes, rain harvesting, solar panels and cost effective heating systems, including top up grants.

Projects for older people may include help to tackle isolation, loneliness and dementia, volunteer costs, sitter and companionship.

Foundation staff are available to visit projects to find out more about how it reaches those in need and give advice on filling out application forms.

Anyone wanting an application form or more information should contact Sue Fortune on 01529-305825.

The next closing date for applications is February 9 with decisions notified within two weeks.

Sue Fortune, grants manager at the Community Foundation, said: “I am pleased that we have now recruited a local panel to make funding recommendations based on local knowledge and information.

“We look forward to receiving applications to fund projects that can improve facilities and create opportunities for local residents.”

• Planning permission was granted last year for seven turbines on land at Grange Farm, Tydd St Mary Marsh between Tydd St Mary and Sutton Bridge.

The application sparked several objections at the time including concerns that the land was not suitable.