Community groups and local organisations in Goole and the surrounding area are being encouraged to apply to the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund, which opened on Monday, 1 January.
The fund, which receives an annual donation from Innogy Renewables UK Ltd (innogy), has been greatly expanded to combine the contributions from both the Goole Fields and Goole Fields II Wind Farms, seeing the annual value of contributions triple from around £70,000 to nearer £250,000 per annum.
This much larger pot of money will build on the legacy of the original fund that has, over the past few years, supported a wide range of local community projects, from improving community amenities and sports facilities to enhancing community services and activities.
A new independent fund panel, made up of local volunteers, has been established using an open recruitment process to consider applications, with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Rural Policy and Partnerships Team supplying administrative support.
Reflecting the feedback from community consultations, conducted last year, the fund panel is keen to encourage a wide and diverse range of applications from small to large scale projects.
The fund is open to receive applications all year round and the panel will meet four times a year to make funding decisions.
Katy Woodington, community investment officer at innogy, said: “Over the past year we have been working closely with our partners and the local community to ensure the design and flexibility of this fund meets local needs. We are greatly looking forward to the expanded fund supporting fantastic community projects for many years to come.”
For more information on the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/goole-fields-fund