Rathsherry Community Benefit Fund


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.  Map

The fund will support projects addressing issues within the following theme areas:

  • Energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community
  • Educational issues with a sustainability angle
  • Environmental benefit or economic benefit

Fund Priorities:

  • 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.

Examples of who can apply:

  • Constituted voluntary organisations and community groups
  • Local youth groups

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)

 

The Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes.  Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

In Addition We Will Not Fund:

  • The advancement of religion. This includes organisations whose purposes include advancement of religion;
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972;
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976 – *Note: Housing Associations will be eligible for some funds, providing they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation.
  • Applications from individuals
  • Applications from statutory organisations
  • Applications that promote religious or political activities
  • Salaried posts unless directly related to new project
  • Trips abroad
  • Vehicles
  • Activities that duplicate existing services
  • Retrospective Funding
  • Substitution for statutory funding

 

Applicants that currently hold a live grant are not eligible to re-apply in any new round until all outstanding information is provided for the current grant held.  This includes details of spend and any monitoring.


Closing Date: Nov 6, 2020 13:00

Nov 6, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Within 6 miles of the centre of the windfarm

  • Grant size:

  • £1,000 - £3,000 (Partnership applications - up to £9,000)

  • Priorities:

  • ▪ Energy efficiency and sustainability ▪ Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community ▪ Educational issues with a sustainability angle ▪ Environmental benefit or economic benefit

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The fund will be open for applications from 9:00am on 5th October 2020, and will close at 1:00pm on 6th November 2020.

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Grants Team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team

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