The first Goole Fields wind farm started operating in 2014 which also saw the introduction of a community fund. The wind farm operators (Innogy Renewables UK) made an annual donation to this fund, enabling it to support a wide range of projects which were of benefit to the local community. With the commissioning of the second wind farm (Goole 2) in late 2016, the Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Fund will soon receive substantially increased funding from the operator. From January 2018 the annual donation from Innogy will more than triple, from around £70,000 per annum to nearer to £250,000 per annum.
Recognising this is a major change, the existing Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund will close in September 2017 and will be replaced with a new, combined, Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Fund (covering both wind farms) which will open in January 2018. In common with similar funds, the Goole Fields Fund will be linked to supporting communities within a geographically defined area.
You can view the area of benefit for the Goole Fields Fund in the map below:
Area of benefit map – Goole Fields Fund (pdf 6.9mb opens in new window)
The administrators of the fund (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) are currently working with the operators (Innogy) to recruit a new Fund Panel to oversee this Fund.
The panel is a formal body of volunteers (predominantly local residents from within the Fund’s area of benefit – see map above) drawn together for the specific purpose of making decisions about disbursement of funds from the Community Fund linked to Goole Fields Wind Farms.
Panel members may be young or old, working, retired or unemployed. They may come from a wide range of backgrounds. The more mixed and diverse the panel membership is, the most representative of the local community it is likely to be.
All panel members need to be well informed about, and take a healthy interest in, community issues and activities and be keen to see the fund make a real difference to their community.
For further details about the role and responsibilities of panel members please view the document below:
Goole Fields Community Fund – Panel Member Role Profile (pdf 83kb opens in new window)
If you would like to be considered as a future panel member please download and complete the application form below and return to:
or by post to:
Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Fund, c/o Rural Policy and Partnerships, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Burnby Hall, The Balk, Pocklington, YO42 2QF
Goole Fields Community Fund – Panel Member Application Form (doc 27kb opens in new window)
Please note: the closing date for receiving applications is by no later than 5pm on 12th October 2017.
All applicants will receive feedback on their application by the end of October.
As previously identified, the Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund will close in September 2017 and the current Fund Panel will disband. Any unspent monies from this Fund will be transferred, in full, to the new Fund. Over the last two and a half years this Fund has supported many important local community projects and these are recorded in two Annual Review Reports. These are included here for reference.
Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund Awards Summary – 2015 - 2016 (pdf 2.2mb opens in new window)
Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund Awards Summary – 2016 - 2017 (pdf 2.24mb opens in new window)