Seventeen organisations are celebrating grant awards from the second round of Orsted’s East Coast Community Fund – and applications for future funding are now invited.

The renewable energy company, formerly known as DONG Energy, has committed to a fund worth £195,000 every six months for the next 20 years as part of its community engagement.

Successful groups will each receive a share of the £195,000 windfall, which is available every six months through an open application process for the next 20 year period.


The Fund was launched by Orsted in December last year and will make available up to £9.3million for community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.

There are two application rounds each year for groups to apply to, and the next closing date is 21 February 2018.

The Fund supports community and environmental projects along the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North Norfolk coasts (as far as Wells-next-the-Sea), within a defined area. It is split equally between two annual funding rounds. There are two levels of grants available:

  • Small grants between £1,000 and £5,000
  • Main grants between £5,001 and £50,000

The successful groups that will share £195,000 from the second round are:

The Village Church Farm, Holly House – £44,549
Densholme Care Farm – £6,724
Home-Start Norfolk – £39,726
Charles Bull Blackfriars Arts Centre – £18,820
Humberside Police – £5,000
Laceby Allotment Association – £1,201
St Giles Parochial Church Council – £2,900
Solace End of Life Support – £5,000
King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust – £14,451
Hornsea Rescue New PPE Equipment – £4,599
Music in Hospitals – £4,200
Grimsby In Bloom – £5,000
East of England Apples & Orchards Project – £3,900
Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football Club – £2,750
Nichols Youth Project – £2,150
REAL Hull and East Riding – £15,600
The Hull Children’s University – £18,430

Natasha Nanuck, Orsted’s Stakeholder Advisor, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many worthwhile charities and organisations benefit from our East Coast Fund and look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have in the local community. As our operations on the East Coast increase, we’re very proud of the strong relationships we have in the community and this gives us a real opportunity to make a positive difference for the next 20 years.”

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for Orsted’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Each year, for the next 20 years, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year is ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives. Further information on this skills fund can be found here.

The Fund is being administered by national charity GrantScape. For further details of how you can apply to the next round, visit GrantScape’s website or call 01908 247634.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) offers advice and support regarding funding applications, for help: Contact LCVS