The first Goole Fields Wind Farm started operating in 2014 which also saw the introduction of a community fund. Innogy Renewables UK (innogy), the wind farm operators made an annual donation to this fund, enabling it to support a wide range of projects which were of benefit to the local community. The commissioning of the second wind farm (Goole 2) in late 2016 brought with it a further donation. The Goole Fields Winds Farm Community Fund now receives a 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 nearly £250,000 per annum. A proportion of the additional Goole 2 funds will be ring fenced to a separate fund for an East Riding wide area of benefit which will be launched during 2018.
The Fund is designed to specifically benefit communities within a defined geographical area identified in the downloadable map below:
Area of benefit map – Goole Fields Fund (pdf 6.9mb opens in new window)
The purpose of the Fund is to promote community, charitable, amenity, educational, environmental and energy efficiency initiatives for the benefit of the communities within the area of benefit.
The Fund wants to encourage applications from as diverse a range of groups as possible including community groups and organisations, charities, social enterprises, town & parish councils, schools and faith communities. New groups or ideas for projects where a group does not currently exist can be considered. Please contact the Fund administrator at:
The Fund cannot accept applications from private individuals.
The Fund cannot support activities adverse to the commercial interests of the wind farm, political or religious campaigns or support services that would otherwise be the statutory responsibility of local or national government.
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 can be requested by contacting the Fund adminstrator at:
To encourage a wide range of initiatives, the Fund has three application “bands”:
Applications for Small and Medium Projects are via single stage online application process.
To help both the applicant and the Fund, all applications for Large Projects (over £10,000 in value and/or are likely to be delivered over more than one year) need to be drawn to the Fund’s attention before a detailed on-line application is submitted. This involves a telephone conversation with the Fund’s administrator. To arrange this please contact the Fund administrator outlining your project (in a few sentences) and include your contact details.
The Fund retains the flexibility to support up to 100% of total project costs. However, the Fund’s decision making Panel will take into account an applicant’s own contribution to the project which might include one or more of the following: in kind contribution from volunteers, a contribution of own funds, securing other sources of funding.
The Fund has not set a target for the type of project that can be supported. For example, a project can be up to 100% capital orientated (e.g. installing a new heating system) or up to 100% revenue orientated (e.g. supporting wages that expand a service provision).
For Large project Applications only (over £10,000 in value), the Fund is able to support a credible proportion of some pre-existing (non-statutory) overhead costs for the life of the project (e.g. maintenance and heating costs but not core salaries or wages).
Decisions about how the annual donation is spent are made by the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund Panel. The Panel is made up of local volunteers, who were appointed following an open application process, and who can draw on a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience when making funding decisions. Representatives from East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the operating company (non-voting) also sit on the Panel.
The Fund is open to receive applications year round. 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 is open to receive applications year round. The Fund Panel meets four times a year to make funding decisions. Consequently, applications will be grouped into “batches” through the year as follows:
Applicants will be advised promptly of the outcome of decisions made by the Panel (with the exception of the December meeting where decisions will be communicated early January).
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.
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: email@example.com
As previously identified, the Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund closed in September 2017. All unspent monies from this Fund have been transferred to the new Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund.
Over the last two and a half years the Goole Fields 1 Fund 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)