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Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund gathers pace

Community groups and local organisations in Goole and surrounding area are benefitting from the much-expanded Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund, which opened at the beginning of the year.

The fund receives an annual donation from Innogy Renewables UK Ltd (innogy) of nearly £250,000 and is administered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

This much larger fund builds on the legacy of the original Goole 1 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.

The independent fund panel, made up of local volunteers, meets quarterly to consider applications that can be submitted by applicants throughout the year.

So far this year, the panel has awarded grants totalling over £140,000 to 20 local organisations.

Josie Head of St Mary’s Community Charity said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the wind farm fund.

“Although this was a small project, it has made a massive difference to our capabilities. The Old Goole Shrine was dedicated in 2016 and we held small remembrance services with our electrical supply coming via extension leads from the club house. This failed and I decided that we needed a properly installed electric supply. We couldn’t have done this in time for the Centenary Service for the end of the First World War without help.

“A number of events for children have been held in the garden since and the difference having the electric supply is marvellous. Our Centenary Remembrance Service is focused around children. With children from Marshlands Primary School singing and reciting poetry for us. We are having a party afterward. Our hope is that the children will pick up the baton and continue focusing on community when we ‘oldies’ are gone.”

The fund is open to receive applications all year round and the panel meets four times a year to make funding decisions.

The next decision making meeting will be in December, when the panel will consider applications received between 1 September and 30 November.

For more information about the fund, call (01482) 391655 or email ruralfunding@eastriding.gov.uk

For more general information on the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund or to make an application online, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/goole-fields-fund

For further information on the wind farms and Innogy Renewables UK Ltd, visit www.innogy.com/renewablesuk

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