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The Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Investment fund will receive an annual donation from the developer for community-inspired projects.
What is the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund?
The first Goole Fields Wind Farm started operating in 2014 which also saw the introduction of a community fund. RWE (formerly Innogy Renewables UK), the wind farm operators made an annual donation to this fund, enabling it to support a wide range of projects which were of benefit to the local community.
The commissioning of the second wind farm (Goole 2) in late 2016 brought with it a further donation.
Since January 2018 the annual donation from RWE has tripled from around £70,000 per annum to over £250,000 per annum.
A proportion of the additional Goole 2 funds has been ring-fenced to a separate fund for an East Riding wide area of benefit which was launched in early 2020. For further information on this separate fund click in this link East Riding of Yorkshire Future Communities
What is the area of benefit for the Fund?
The fund is designed to specifically benefit communities within a defined geographical area (namely the Wards of Goole North, Goole South, Snaith, Airmyn, Rawcliffe and Marshland plus the Parishes of Kilpin, Laxton, Blacktoft). This is also identified in the downloadable map below:
What type of activities will the Fund support?
Applications are welcome which promote community, charitable, amenity, educational, energy efficiency and carbon reduction initiatives for the benefit of the communities within the area of benefit.
New, simple and easy-to-apply-for covering costs which might include:
Applications are also welcome to the main funds where more significant cost of living related challenges are being faced by community groups and organisations.
The fund panel will be taking as flexible a position as possible on fund criteria when it considers all cost-of-living related items in applications.
Provision of loans or direct payments to individuals cannot be funded.
Who can make an application?
The fund wants to encourage applications from as diverse a range of groups as possible including community groups and organisations, charities, social enterprises, town and parish councils, schools and faith communities. New groups or ideas for projects where a group does not currently exist can be considered. Please contact the fund administrator at:
The fund cannot accept applications from private individuals.
Are there any activities that cannot be funded?
The fund cannot support activities adverse to the commercial interests of the wind farm, political or religious campaigns or support services that would otherwise be the statutory responsibility of local or national government.
How can the fund distribute money?
Payments from the fund will usually be made in the form of grants. Subject to appropriate governance measures as required, other forms of financial assistance (e.g commissioning, loans, donations) can be considered by the fund panel.
For further details contact the fund administrator at:
For information on other funding opportunities please visit: Finding a grant
How much money can be applied for?
There are three fund options to choose from and are all open to receive applications throughout the year.
Please also see the answer to 'How do I submit an application?'.
Will the Fund support 100% of the project costs?
The fund retains the flexibility to support up to 100% of total project costs. However, the fund’s decision-making panel will take into account other external sources of funding (often referred to as 'match funding') and the applicant’s own contribution to the project. This might include one or more of the following: monetary value of in-kind contribution from volunteers, and/or a contribution from own reserves/funds.
How is the Fund managed and who makes decisions about how it is spent?
Decisions about how the annual donation is spent are made by the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund Panel. The panel is made up of local volunteers, who were appointed following an open application process, and who can draw on a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience when making funding decisions. Representatives from East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the operating company (non-voting) also sit on the panel.
Applications go through a technical assessment process and the fund panel makes decisions using a scorecard approach based on the fund criteria.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is the Accountable Body for the fund and provides the secretariat and administration service through the council’s Rural Policy and Partnerships Team.
What are the deadlines and timescales?
The fund is open to receive applications year-round. The fund panel is planning to meet 4 times in 2023 to make decisions on applications to the main fund. Consequently, applications to the main fund will be grouped into “batches” through the year as follows:
Applications received up to and including 26 February will be considered at the 21 March Panel meeting
Applications received up to and including 7 May will be considered at the 30 May Panel meeting
Applications received up to 3 September will be considered at the 26 September Panel meeting
Applications received up to 12 November will be considered at the 5 December Panel meeting.
Applications to the Quick Fix and Community Cost-of-Living Crisis Funds will be considered year round and between panel meetings. Applicants will be advised promptly of the outcome of decisions made by the Panel.
What is the outline process from start to finish?
Subsequent steps similar to main grants (see above).
How do I submit an application for funding?
Applications to the main fund can be made online only within the Flexi-Grant system. Applications to the Quick Fix or Community Cost-of-Living funds can be made either online OR by downloading and completing (typed not handwritten) one of the forms at the bottom of this section:
To access the online system visit the Flexi-Grant website:
There are three options on the system to choose from:
All forms have Guidance Notes to help you complete the form (these can also be previewed by downloading the documents below).
Applications to either the Quick Fix Fund or the Community Cost-of-Living Crisis Fund can also be made on the application forms (Word Documents) which, can be downloaded below:
If you have any queries please contact the fund by email: email@example.com.
Are there details of previous community projects supported by the Fund?
Yes, they are available below as PDF documents:
What was the Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund?
As previously identified, the Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund closed in September 2017. All unspent money from this fund has been transferred to the new Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund.
During the lifetime of the Goole Fields 1 Fund it supported many important local community projects and these are recorded in two annual review reports included below for reference.
For information on other funding opportunities please visit Finding a grant.