The total amount of grants given to local groups and good causes in the communities around a South Yorkshire wind farm from the benefits fund linked to it has powered past the £100,000 mark.
Banks Renewables set up the community fund as part of its development of the Penny Hill Wind Farm, which sits to the south east of Rotherham and west of the junction of the M1 and M18, to help make a positive, long-term difference to the quality and range of community facilities available to people living in the area.
The fund will provide over £500,000 of funding over the 25-year lifespan of the wind farm, which equates to more than £20,000 every year, and is ring-fenced to support community projects within the parishes of Aston, Thurcroft, Treeton, Ulley and Whiston.
A wide range of local organisations have received support from the fund over the last five years, including Thurcroft Welfare Community Hall, Ulley Sailing Club, Whiston Parish Council, Treeton Community Centre and the Friends of Ulley Country Park.
Decisions on which schemes receive support are agreed between Banks Renewables and a local funding committee which includes representatives from the five nearest parish councils, with the applications which were signed off at the latest committee meeting taking the total amount allocated from the fund into six figures.
Details of the latest grants to be approved will be revealed once the application process has been formally completed, and Banks Renewables is continuing to actively seek further grant applications from across the local community.
Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, says: “Our aim is always to provide tangible benefits to all the communities in which we operate, and reaching this terrific landmark with the Penny Hill Wind Farm community fund is a clear demonstration of how we’re achieving this in South Yorkshire.
“We’ve been able to support a wide range of different organisations over the last five years, and many of their projects would have been delayed, diminished or simply unable to proceed without the backing they received from the wind farm fund.
“The funding committee meets every few months and we’re always on the lookout for new ideas for how the Penny Hill fund can meet community priorities, so would urge any local groups to get their ideas and applications to us as soon as possible.”
Projects, community groups, or voluntary organisations in the vicinity of the Penny Hill Wind Farm which are looking for a grant of up to £3,000 should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342 for further information.
Please see: Penny Hill Wind Farm for more information.