The Spaldington Airfield Wind Farm Community benefit fund currently receives an annual contribution from the developer. Find out more about funding information for communities here.
The origins of the Falck group go back 100 years and it is recognised as a reference point for Italian entrepreneurship. The groups interest in energy production stemmed from early core activity in the production of steel. During the 1970’s to 1990’s as the steel crisis occurred the group began to focus activity more on energy production and interest in different forms of production including wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy .
Falck Renewables was formed in 2010 from a decision by the Falck group to consolidate all of its renewable activities. It is now one of the leading players in the field of energy at the European level.
Further information is available on the Falck Renewables website:
Falck Renewables (external website)
As part of the Falck commitment to work with local communities where it has operational projects and agreement was reached with the planning authority to create a ‘Community Benefit Fund’. This agreement is entirely voluntary and means that during the commercial lifetime of the Spaldington Airfield Wind Farm the company will make an annual payment into the fund based on the operational capacity of the wind farm. The wind farm, was completed in 2016 and has a capacity of 10.75 megawatts.
This means that the Annual Contribution into the fund will be £1,500 x 10.75 megawatts = £16,125 per annum
Falck has also agreed to increase the payments in line with the Retail Price Index published by the National Office for Statistics
The parishes of Spaldington, Bubwith, Foggathorpe, Holme on Spalding Moor, Eastrington, Howden and Wressle in the East Riding of Yorkshire and in particular initiatives within proximity of the wind farm. A map showing the area of benefit can be downloaded from the table below.
Applications are accepted from community groups, community organisations, charities, parish councils, schools and churches. Applicants must have a bank account in the name of the group/organisation.
Applications cannot be accepted from individuals
New groups or ideas for projects where a group does not currently exist can be considered
For further information please contact the fund administrator by email: email@example.com
The following activities cannot be supported by the fund:
The fund panel can distribute the money as:
The fund will reopen to receive larger applications on Tuesday 1 May 2018 and will close at 5pm on Thursday 31 May 2018. The fund panel will meet to consider these applications during week commencing 25 June 2018.
Community Chest Applications can be made at any time and applicants will be informed of the outcome 14 days after submission.
Applications to the main fund must be over £500 and no upper limit has been set. Applications should be made on the online application forms. Guidance notes about how to access these can be downloaded from the table below.
Applications for less than £500 should be made on the Community Chest Forms which can be downloaded from the table below.
The fund panel will prioritise applications that show evidence of an organisations contribution towards the costs. The contribution can be cash, donations of materials, loan of equipment, free use of land or buildings or volunteer time. As a guide the value of volunteer time should be calculated as a minimum of £7.50 per hour or the average wage rate for a job.
Falck Renewables Wind Limited has appointed the East Riding of Yorkshire Council as the Accountable Body for the Fund and provides the secretariat services through its Rural Policy and Partnerships Team.
Decisions on how the money is spent are made by a Fund panel made up of between 5 and 9 people as follows:
The applicant completes an online application form and submits it electronically with supporting evidence:
Supporting evidence consists of a minimum of:
Other supporting evidence maybe:
For guidance on how to make an application download the following three documents from the table below:
The fund panel wants the fund to be as accessible as possible so if applicants have any problems with online forms please do not hesitate to contact the administrator by email: firstname.lastname@example.org