Following the successful launch of the SSE Keadby Wind Farm Community Fund, an open surgery event was held at the Crowle Community Hub.
The event, which was facilitated by SSE alongside the fund administrators, North Lincolnshire Council, gave representatives from projects in the North Axholme area the opportunity to discuss their ideas face-to-face with members of the team.
Over 20 groups attended the event which was provided to offer support for taking the first steps in the application process and to offer further advice on the information that may be required.
The SSE Keadby Wind Farm Community Fund is now officially open for applications from community projects in the North Axholme Area. The fund, which was increased to £170,000 in August 2013 represents an overall investment of over £4.2 million in the area (over the 25 year expected lifetime of the wind farm).
Jack Bower representing the Crowle Regeneration Project attended the event and said:
“I found it really useful to be able to sit down face to face with someone and discuss my ideas. I gained some useful tips on how to complete the application process and am looking forward to taking the next steps for my project.”
Jade Fearon, Community Liaison Officer for SSE added: “The surgery was a great success and we hope it helped those in attendance to think about how they move forward with their ideas. We recognise that the application process can be daunting for those with less experience which is why we thought this session would be useful. We are happy to offer further sessions of this nature should they be required.
“It was exciting to hear about so many fantastic projects from enthusiastic community members and we look forward to receiving some initial applications in the coming weeks.”
The initial deadline date for the first round of applications will be January 13 2014 with the decision panel meeting for these applications to be held on February 10 2014. From this date onwards a rolling programme will be implemented, applications will be due in and considered quarterly.
Support from the fund will be available to community projects in the North Axholme area, which includes the villages of Crowle and Ealand, Eastoft, Garthorpe and Fockerby, Luddington and Haldenby, Keadby, Althorpe (including Derrythorpe) and Amcotts.
The Keadby Wind Farm Community Fund is separate to the further SSE Sustainable Development Fund, also £170,000 per annum, which will be available to community groups within the North Lincolnshire council area for the operational life of the wind farm (expected to be 25 years). Further details on the Sustainable Development Fund will follow in the coming months.
For more information on the administration of the fund, please call 01724 297768 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on Keadby Wind Farm please contact the project liaison officer Jade Fearon on 01724 788236.