Sancton Hill Wind Farm Community Fund

The Sancton Hill Wind Farm Community Fund currently receives an annual donation from the developer. Find out more about funding information for communities here.

What is the Sancton Hill Wind Farm Community Fund and who is it for?

Sancton Hill Farm is operated by REG Windpower.  As part of the developments planning permission granted in 2011, a commitment was made by the company to create a community fund.

The Sancton Hill Wind Farm Community Fund receives an annual donation from REG Windpower of £35,000 per annum. The first donation was made in July 2013.

The Fund supports initiatives for the benefit of the community within a three-mile radius of Sancton Village which includes the parishes of Sancton, Newbald, South Cliffe, Market Weighton and Hotham.

Who can request funds?

Applications are welcomed from community groups, community organisations, societies, charities, parish councils, schools and churches. 

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);
  • Statutory duties of public bodies including parish councils, local authority, police , health, fire, coastguard and national government;
  • Activities detrimental to the commercial operation of the wind farm.

How can the Fund award money?

The fund panel can distribute 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 limits on the amount of money that can be requested, however applications over £7,500 will be considered by the fund panel as exceptional. The minimum amount that can be requested is £250. 

Will the Fund support 100% of the project costs?

Although the fund panel has not set a specific level of match funding from applicants, the panel will wish to see evidence of the applicants own contribution to the project costs. This could include cash from fundraising, donations and/or volunteer time.

How is the fund managed and who makes decisions about it?

Decisions about how the annual donation is spent are made by the Sancton Hill Wind Farm Community Fund Panel. The Panel is made up of representatives of Sancton and Newbald parishes, the landowner, the operator and a   representative from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The Fund is open to receive application for funding during a three month window 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.

What are the deadlines and timescales? 

The Fund’s Timetable for 2017 is as follows:

Fund opens for applications from: 1st August 2017

Fund closes to applications: 31st October 2017

Fund Panel Decision making meeting: 28th November 2017

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). 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.

  • 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 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 invoice for 50% of money. Note: normal payment terms are 30 days.
  • Successful applicants complete the project
  • Successful applicants submit End of Grant report, supporting evidence and invoice for 50% of funds.
  • Successful applicants submit any final receipts and bank statements.
  • Administrator includes report on all projects  in  the Annual Awards Summary
  • Fund Annual Awards Summary is presented at Annual Review Meeting.

The Annual Review meeting, which is open to the 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 next 2017/18 Annual Review Meeting will take place on the 26th June 2018.

How do I submit an application? 

Full details of how to submit an application will be available here when this Fund re-opens for Applications.

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

Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 March 2018