Purpose of the Fund:
This local community fund has been set up by Energia Renewables, working in close partnership with local groups from the areas surrounding Rathsherry Windfarm.
Energia Renewables has pledged to deliver a Community Benefit Fund for a 21.15 MW Wind Farm located at 115 Longmore Road, Broughshane, Ballymena, BT43 7HR. Grants will be delivered annually for the benefit of community initiatives within the area of benefit.
Energia has set up the fund to ensure that the wind farm, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant social and economic benefits to the local community. The Community Benefit Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
Funding will be available to local community projects that are planned and run for the benefit of the local population and are within 6 miles of the centre of the windfarm – as per map
The fund will support projects addressing issues within the following theme areas:
Examples of who can apply:
Examples of projects that the fund might support:
General running costs, running costs for centres, community events, training costs, transport costs, small capital purchases, promotion, refurbishment, energy audits, purchasing and installation of energy efficiency equipment.
Amount of funding available:
Grant size: £1,000 – £3,000
Partnership applications – up to £9,000 (each partner will receive a maximum of £3,000 to support project)
What we can’t fund:
In addition Rathsherry Community Benefit Fund will not support:
Please note: Applicants that currently hold a live grant under this programme:
Can you please submit your monitoring and spend information for this grant as soon as possible as this will need to be submitted prior to payment of any new award, if your application is successful.
In 2020 the success rate for applications to this fund was 92%
Closing Date: Nov 5, 2021 13:00
Nov 5, 2021 13:00
Within 6 miles of the centre of the windfarm
£1,000 - £3,000 (Partnership applications - up to £9,000)
Projects that improve the utilisation of existing community space in areas within the fund boundary; Contributions towards running/administration costs and for purchasing additional equipment to expand and support new and existing services/activities in each of the areas; Particular emphasis will be placed on funding activities/services that are specifically aimed at older people, youth, children and people with disabilities; environmental improvements; bringing the wider community together; health improvements and culture and history; Applicants are encouraged to network, share best practice and co-operate more between the areas. Projects which demonstrate the ability to collaborate, network and share best practice will be encouraged and supported.
The fund will be open for applications from 9:00am on Monday 4 October 2021, and will close at 1:00pm on Friday 5 November 2021.
Apply online by clicking here:APPLY NOW
If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team