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Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund

Information on the Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund. Find out more about funding information for communities here.

What is the Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund and who is it for?

Twin Rivers Wind Farm is owned and operated by NTR plc which has been investing in sustainable infrastructure since 1999 and specialises in developing, constructing and operating onshore wind projects throughout the UK and Ireland:

NTR plc (external website)

As part of the developments planning permission, granted in 2008, a commitment was made by the original owner (Co-operative Group Ltd) to create a community fund. The current owner is continuing this commitment.

The Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund receives an annual donation from NTR plc of £30,000 per year which is index linked to inflation. The Twin Rivers wind farm started exporting electricity towards the end of 2016 and the fund received its first donation at this time.

The objectives of the fund are to disburse monies received from the developer to promote initiatives that contribute to sustainable community development, renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, greening of communities, conservation of natural resources and wider UN2030 Sustainable Development Goals. These funds to be disbursed by the fund panel, in line with the planning agreement, as follows:

  • 50% of the annual donation to be disbursed for the benefit of communities of the parishes of Reedness, Swinefleet and Twin Rivers in the East Riding of Yorkshire
  • 50% of the annual donation to be disbursed on environmental education supporting activities by schools within the East Riding of Yorkshire area.

What is the area of benefit for the Fund?

Half of the annual donation is to be disbursed specifically for the benefit of communities of the parishes of Reedness, Swinefleet and Twin Rivers in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Half of the annual donation is to be disbursed on environmental education supporting activities by schools within the wider East Riding of Yorkshire area.

What types of activities will the Fund support?

The Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund is designed to support a wide range of community based projects including community, charitable, amenity, educational, environmental and energy efficiency initiatives for the benefit of the communities within the area of benefit.

Who can make an application?

Applications are welcomed from community groups, community organisations, societies, 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:

  • Any campaigns (e.g. political, religious or other campaigns)
  • Services that would normally be funded by the local or national government including all statutory bodies
  • Activities detrimental to the commercial operation of the wind farm. 

How can the fund distribute money?

The fund panel can distribute the money as:

  • Commissioning - where the fund panel devise a public benefit project and employ a group to deliver it 
  • Donations - where no conditions are placed on the money given to a project 
  • Grants - where conditions on use are placed on the money given to a project with timescales, milestones and reporting arrangements in place 
  • Loans - where the money is spent and repaid at a later date.

How much money can be applied for?

There are no upper or lower limits on the amount of money that can be requested, however, applicants should take into account the overall scale of the annual funds available.

Will the fund support 100% of the project costs?

The fund panel will take account of, and look for evidence of, the applicant's own contribution towards the total project costs (with a minimum expectation the applicant will supply 20% of the projects total cost from own resources - including in-kind volunteer time).

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 Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund Panel. The panel is made up of nominated representatives from the following organisations (1 member from each): 

  • Reedness Parish Council 
  • Swinefleet Parish Council 
  • Twin Rivers Parish Council 
  • The developer  
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

An officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council attends all meetings as the fund’s administrator. 

The Fund is open to receive applications for funding during a three-month windows each year. The fund has finite resources that could be over-subscribed. 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’s timetable for 2018 is as follows:

  • Fund opens for applications from 1 February 2018
  • Fund closes to applications on 27 April 2018
  • Fund Panel decision-making meeting will be held in July 2018. 

What is the outline process from start to finish?

  1. The applicant completes an online Application Form and submits it electronically with supporting evidence (quotes, permissions, accounts and bank statements). Online Application Forms and Application Form Guidance Notes are located on the “eastriding4communities” website which can be accessed using the links in last section below
  2. The online system acknowledges receipt of application
  3. 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?)
  4. The Application is sent to Fund Panel for scoring
  5. Fund Panel meet and make a decision (full award, part Award or decline)
  6. Administrator writes to unsuccessful applicants stating decision and reason
  7. Administrator writes to successful applicants offering funding and explaining any conditions that may apply
  8. Successful applicants write back accepting the offer of money and conditions
  9. Successful applicants submit invoice for 50% of money (unless the total project value is £1000 or less which can be invoiced in full).  Please note normal payment terms are 30 days
  10. Successful applicants complete the project 
  11. Successful applicants submit End of Grant report, supporting evidence and invoice for 50% of funds.  Please note: if you have a query regarding this payment profile please contact the administrator
  12. Successful applicants submit any final receipts and bank statements
  13. Administrator includes report on project in Fund Annual Report
  14. Fund Annual Report presented at Annual Review Meeting.

The annual review meeting (open to members of public) is an opportunity to celebrate successful projects and for the fund panel to receive feedback from applicants and the community about the fund.

The first annual review meeting will take place on 2 May 2018 at 6.00pm at the Swinefleet Village Hall.

How do I submit an application for funding?

The applicant completes an online application form within the Flexi-Grant system and submits it electronically with supporting evidence. 

To access this system click on the link Flexi-Grant System (external East Riding website) where you will also find Guidance Notes to help you complete the form.

Please Note:

For Small Project applications please use the applications for funding up to £2k form

For Medium and Large Project applications please use the applications for funding over £2k form

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