Thornog 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 the Thornog Wind Farm, Drumquin.

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 Thornog 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 7 miles of the windfarm (70% of the funds will be awarded to eligible groups based within a 5 mile radius of the windfarm) – as per map. Map Showing 5 & 7 Mile Radius for Thornog Windfarm

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

Examples of who can apply:

  • Constituted voluntary organisations and community groups
  • Local youth groups

Examples of projects that the fund might support:

  • Local cultural projects recording and researching history
  • Establishment of a “Men’s Shed” or other similar initiative
  • Small capital works to a community facility
  • Contributions to core costs to run local community facilities/projects
  • Environmental awareness projects
  • Activities supporting young people, the elderly, those with disabilities
  • Community wide events
  • Strategic projects that will benefit a number of communities, including partnership applications

Amount of funding available:

There will be two elements to this fund.

  • Micro grant of up to £1,500 for small projects. We anticipate supporting up to 20 projects.
  • Strategic grant of £10,000 for larger scale strategic partnership projects, with one lead applicant.  We anticipate supporting up to 2 projects.

 

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
  • 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 7 miles of the Windfarm (70% of the funds will be awarded to eligible groups based within a 5 mile radius of the windfarm)

  • Grant size:

  • Micro grants of up to £1,500 for small projects. Strategic grants of £10,000 for larger scale strategic partnership projects, with one lead applicant.

  • 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

Ready To Apply?

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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.

Apply online by clicking here:

Thornog Micro Grant

Thornog Strategic Grant

Who to speak to

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

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