• Application process kicks off with first awards due later this year
  • Initial £500,000 construction fund will support local communities during construction
  • Volunteers needed for fund decision making panel
  • Small grants of up to £10,000 are available, as well as larger grants up to £50,000.

Innogy’s Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, off the east coast of Lincolnshire, has officially launched its £1.5million two-part Community Fund with an initial £500,000 to support local community projects and priorities over the two years of onshore construction.

The deadline for the first round of applications is November 1, 2018.

Once generating, the wind farm will then initiate a second fund, worth £40,000 a year, which will support projects and initiatives proposed by those communities which are closest to the new onshore substation and landfall sites.

The Fund will provide flexible and targeted new investment for local initiatives, with a very focused emphasis on the communities neighbouring the new onshore substation at Bicker Fen and the landfall site near Anderby Creek; while the construction fund will also support those within 1km of the onshore cable route.

innogy’s Triton Knoll Project Director Julian Garnsey, said: “I’m really pleased to see the fund finally up and running, and am looking forward to seeing the first round of projects come into being. Funding like this can be hugely important to small local communities – it’s really flexible and can be focused on the things that matter most to local people.

“Throughout our local consultation, it was clear that the funding should support those communities neighbouring the Triton Knoll onshore construction works, so that’s exactly what we are delivering. By directly targeting this funding at our closest communities, we can provide greater benefits to local people, and so we look forward to receiving those first applications.”

Matt Warman MP for Boston and Skegness said it was an important opportunity for nearby communities to seek to deliver important local projects.

He said: “This is targeted funding intended to support local areas directly, and has been designed to address the issues and needs raised by the communities themselves. It will be managed locally, and delivered locally, and so I would absolutely urge community groups to take the time to find out about the fund, look at what it can do, and get involved. It’s a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing the first projects come to fruition in the coming months.”

The structure of the fund, including its themes and areas of benefit were established following a second consultation with local people, which ended earlier this year. The fund structure was then outlined to local communities during public information days run by the project team in Lincolnshire during June.

Lincolnshire Community Foundation (LCF) has been appointed to administer the fund on behalf of local people, and will rely on its many years of experience operating across Lincolnshire to ensure the funding is delivered through an independent, simple, open and transparent process.

Lincolnshire Community Foundation CEO Sue Fortune said: “The Lincolnshire Community Foundation is delighted to have been invited to deliver this fund and is looking forward to supporting organisations interested in applying for a grant. Staff will be available at every step of the process and we would encourage groups to contact us to discuss their project before applying. The aim of the fund is to transform local communities and have a long lasting impact.”

The LCF’s first job will be to recruit a volunteer decision-making panel from amongst the communities closest to the new infrastructure, and is inviting applications from local people to join the panel and take a key role in making decisions on applications to the fund.

About the fund

There are two parts to the fund:

1 – A £500,000 One Off Construction Fund, directly supporting all communities within 5km of the new onshore substation; within 3km of the landfall, and within 1km of the onshore cable route. This will last for the duration of the onshore construction works, expected to be around two years. This fund is open for applications from now.

2 – A £40,000 Annual Fund which will be shared between communities within 3km of the landfall site near Anderby Creek,  and 5km of the new onshore substation location near Bicker Fen. The fund will be open for the operational lifetime of the wind farm, which is expected to be 25 years. This fund will open in line with the first generation of power from the windfarm, likely to be in 2021.

How is the fund being managed?

The Community Fund is being managed by Lincolnshire Community Foundation (LCF).  Decisions will be made by a volunteer local panel which will be recruited, trained and managed by LCF. Panel members will be recruited based on local knowledge and skills, rather than geographical spread and will comprise young people, voluntary sector representatives, older people, business, education etc.

What is currently available and who can access it?

The aim is to distribute £500,000 over two years: small grants of up to £10,000 are available, as well as larger grants up to £50,000. Projects that improve the lives of people living within 3km of the landfall location, 5km of the new substation and 1km of the onshore cable route are able to apply for a grant.

How do I apply?

Organisations interested in applying should contact LCF to discuss their project and obtain further details. A hard copy of the Application Form and supporting documentation should be submitted to LCF at 4 Mill House, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW. All potential applicants are encouraged to contact Sue Fortune at LCF to discuss their application prior to applying. LCF staff are available to assist every step of the way and are able to meet with prospective applicants to explain the process in more detail and answer any questions.

Where can I get an application form from?

From 20 August 2018, guidelines and application forms will be available via lincolnshirecf.co.uk. However LCF would encourage all those interested in applying to contact Sue Fortune or Helen Cater at LCF to discuss their project and obtain full details.

What are the timescales for applications?

The One Off Construction Fund opens on 20 August; the deadline for the first round of applications is 1 November 2018; successful bids will typically be announced within six weeks of the closing date. Round 2 opens on 1 January 2019 with the deadline for applications on 1 May 2019; successful bids will typically be announced within six weeks of the closing date.

When will funds be available to successful applicants?

Funds will be paid to successful applicants on receipt of the signed Grant Conditions.

Can I join the decision making panel and how do I apply ?

Those interested in applying to join the panel should contact Sue Fortune at LCF – 01529 305825 or e: sue.lincolnshire@btconnect.com – to obtain a short application form.

Further support and information

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) is happy to provide support and guidance on finding funding for community projects and groups in and around Boston, East Lindsey, South Holland and South Kesteven. See: LCVS group support or contact LCVS

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