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Lissett Wind Farm Community Fund

The Lissett Wind Farm Community Fund currently receives an annual donation from the developer. Find out more about funding information for communities here.

What is the Lissett Wind Farm Community Fund?

Lissett Airfield Wind Farm is owned and operated by Ventient Energy one of the country’s leading wind energy producers. As part of the developments planning permission, granted in 2007, a commitment was made to create a community fund.

The Lissett Community Wind Farm Fund receives an annual donation from Ventient Energy of approximately £80,000 per year which is index-linked to inflation. 

For more information on Ventient Energy please visit the website:

Ventient Energy (external website)

What is the area of benefit for the fund?

The area of benefit for the fund is the electoral ward of East Wolds and Coastal in the East Riding of Yorkshire with a preference for appropriate initiatives in the proximity of the wind farm.  The area of benefit can be downloaded from the table below.

What types of activities will the fund support?

The legal agreement and constitution define the fund criteria as, to promote:

  • educational initiatives
  • community initiatives (activities)
  • environmental initiatives
  • energy efficiency initiatives
  • community amenity initiatives (infrastructure) 

 

Who can make an application?

Applications are welcomed from community groups, community organisations,  charities, parish councils, schools and churches. New groups or ideas for projects where a group does not currently exist can be considered.

Are there any activities that cannot be funded?

The following activities cannot be supported by the fund:

  • Activities adverse to the commercial interests of the wind farm
  • Political or religious campaigns
  • Statutory duties of a public body, including East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Humberside Police, Fire and Rescue Services, the Health Authority, the Coastguard or a parish council.

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:

Email: ruralfunding@eastriding.gov.uk 

How much money can be applied for?

Applications for over £500 should be made, online, to the main fund.  No upper limit has been set by the fund panel.  Applications can be for more than one year in duration.

Applications for under £500 should be made to the Small Grants fund.  This is a simpler process for small, one-off projects.

Please also see the How do I submit an application? answer below.

Will the fund support 100% of the project costs?

The fund panel will look for evidence of a project's own contribution towards the costs and will prioritise applications that show a 30% match funding. This can include in-kind contributions (e.g. from volunteers).

How is the Fund managed and who makes decisions about how it is spent?

Decisions on how the money is spent are made by a fund panel made up of representatives from the following organisations:

  • Barmston and Fraisthorpe Parish Council 
  • Beeford Parish Council
  • Foston on the Wolds Parish Council
  • Kelk Parish Council
  • Lissett and Ulrome Parish Council
  • Skipsea Parish Council
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council 
  • A representative from the developer. 

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 main fund is currently closed.  It is usually open February to April with a decision-making meeting in late June.

Applications for up to £500 can be made to the Small Grants fund which can be made at any time.

What is the outline process from start to finish?

  • For the main fund, the applicant completes an online application form and submits it electronically with supporting evidence (including quotes, permissions, accounts and bank statements). These forms can be accessed using the link in the How do I submit an application for funding? section below
  • For the Small Grants fund, the applicant downloads and completes a paper based application using the link in the How do I submit an application for funding? section below
  • The online system acknowledges receipt of application (main fund only)
  • The administrator carries out a technical appraisal (does the applicant have power and permissions to carry out the project, does the project meet the fund criteria, has all the necessary information been supplied?)
  • The application is sent to the fund panel for scoring.
  • Fund panel meet and make a decision (full award, part award or decline)
  • Administrator writes to unsuccessful applicants stating decision and reason
  • Administrator writes to successful applicants offering funding and explaining any conditions that may apply
  • Successful applicants write back accepting the offer of money and conditions
  • Successful applicants can submit a single invoice in advance for up to a total grant value of £10,000.  If the total grant value is over £10,000 two payments will be made - one in advance and one on project completion. Please note: normal payment terms are 30 days
  • Successful applicants complete the project
  • Successful applicants submit End of Grant report plus supporting evidence along with any final invoice as appropriate
  • Successful applicants submit any final receipts and bank statements
  • Administrator includes a report on the project in the Fund Annual Report
  • Fund Annual Report presented at an annual review meeting

How do I submit an application for funding?

Applications should be made online within the Flexi-Grant system:

Flexi-Grant System (external council website)

There are two options on the system to choose from:

  • For smaller grant applications - select up to £10k form
  • For larger grant applications  - select over £10k form

 Both forms have guidance notes to help you complete the form.

Applications for up to £500 should be made on the Small Grants form which, along with guidance notes, can be downloaded from the table below.

If you have any queries please contact the fund by email: ruralfunding@eastriding.gov.uk

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