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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?

No upper limit has been set by the fund panel.

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 open from 1 February 2020 and closes 30 April 2020 with a decision-making meeting in late June 2020.

What is the outline process from start to finish?

  • 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
  • The online system acknowledges receipt of application
  • 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 submit an invoice for 50% of the money (unless the total grant value is £2000 or less which can be invoiced in full). Please note: normal payment terms are 30 days
  • Successful applicants complete the project
  • Successful applicants submit End of Grant report, supporting evidence and invoice for the remaining 50% of the grant.

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 small grant applications - select up to £5k form.
  • For larger grant applications  - select over £5k form.

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

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

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