The Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Investment fund will receive an annual donation from the developer for community-inspired projects.
Goole Fields Wind Farm is owned and operated by innogy Renewables UK (formerly known as RWE Innogy UK Ltd), one of Europe’s leading European energy companies. Find out more via their website:
Innogy (external website)
As part of the developments planning permission, granted in 2010, a commitment was made by the company to create a community fund.
The Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Fund receives an Annual donation from innogy Renewables UK of £64,000 per annum which is index linked to inflation. The Goole Fields wind farm started exporting electricity in 2014 and the Fund received its first substantial donation in 2015.
The Fund supports educational, environmental, energy efficiency and amenity initiatives or similar charitable purposes for the benefit of the public living within the Snaith, Airmyn, Rawcliffe and Marshland and Goole South Wards of the East Riding of Yorkshire (known as the “Area of Benefit”).
Applications are welcomed from community groups, community organisations, companies, societies, charities, parish councils, schools and churches. New groups or ideas for projects where a group does not currently exist can be considered.
The following activities cannot be supported by the fund:
The fund panel can distribute the money as:
There are no upper or lower limits on the amount of money that can be requested, however, the fund panel have indicated that applications above £10,000 would be considered exceptional.
Generally the fund panel will look for evidence of the projects own contribution towards the costs, however, in certain circumstances 100% funding may be given.
Decisions about how the annual donation is spent are made by the Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Fund Panel. The Panel is made up of nominated representatives who live, work or volunteer within the Area of Benefit and includes an Innogy member of staff. An Officer from East Riding Council attends all meetings as the Fund’s administrator.
The Fund is open to receive application for funding during two three month windows each year. The Fund has finite resources that can 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 though the Council’s Rural Policy and Partnerships Team.
The Fund’s Timetable for 2017 is as follows:
Fund opens for applications from: 3 January 2017
Fund closes to applications: 31 March 2017
Fund Panel Decision-making meeting: 25 May 2017.
The Annual Review meeting is an opportunity to celebrate successful projects and for the Fund Panel to receive feedback from applicants and the community about the Fund.
The Annual Review Meeting will take place on Thursday 7 September 2017.
Step 1: Please view and print (recommended) the Guide to Accessing & submitting your Application for Funding. This short document will help you to navigate the website on which the Application Forms are located.
Guide to Accessing and submitting your Application to Goole Fund (pdf 343kb opens in new window)
Step 2: To access the Application Forms and Guidance Notes (that will help you complete the questions contained on the Form) please click the eastriding4communities website link below.
eastriding4communities (external website - opens in new window)
If you have any queries please contact the fund administrator at: