Information on the Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund. Find out more about funding information for communities here.
Twin Rivers Wind Farm is owned and operated by NTR plc which has been investing in sustainable infrastructure since 1999 and specialises in developing, constructing and operating onshore wind projects throughout the UK and Ireland:
NTR plc (external website)
As part of the developments planning permission, granted in 2008, a commitment was made by the original owner (Co-operative Group Ltd) to create a community fund. The current owner is continuing this commitment.
The Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund receives an annual donation from NTR plc of £30,000 per year which is index linked to inflation. The Twin Rivers wind farm started exporting electricity towards the end of 2016 and the fund received its first donation at this time.
The objectives of the fund are to disburse monies received from the developer to promote initiatives that contribute to sustainable community development, renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, greening of communities, conservation of natural resources and wider UN2030 Sustainable Development Goals. These funds to be disbursed by the fund panel, in line with the planning agreement, as follows:
Half of the annual donation is to be disbursed specifically for the benefit of communities of the parishes of Reedness, Swinefleet and Twin Rivers in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Half of the annual donation is to be disbursed on environmental education supporting activities by schools within the wider East Riding of Yorkshire area.
The Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund is designed to support a wide range of community based projects including community, charitable, amenity, educational, environmental and energy efficiency initiatives for the benefit of the communities within the area of benefit.
Applications are welcomed from community groups, community organisations, 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, applicants should take into account the overall scale of the annual funds available.
The fund panel will take account of, and look for evidence of, the applicant's own contribution towards the total project costs (with a minimum expectation the applicant will supply 20% of the projects total cost from own resources - including in-kind volunteer time).
Decisions about how the annual donation is spent are made by the Twin Rivers Wind Farm Community Fund Panel. The panel is made up of nominated representatives from the following organisations (1 member from each):
An officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council attends all meetings as the fund’s administrator.
The Fund is open to receive applications for funding during a three-month windows each year. The fund has finite resources that could 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 through the council’s rural policy and partnerships team.
The Fund’s timetable for 2018 is as follows:
The annual review meeting (open to members of 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 first annual review meeting will take place on 2 May 2018 at 6.00pm at the Swinefleet Village Hall.
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