Power plant windfall for neighbouring volunteers

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POWER company bosses are expecting a dash for cash after unveiling plans to give grants to organisations living near a Doncaster wind farm project.

Voluntary groups working close to the new Tween Bridge wind farm construction, near Thorne, will be eligible for cash from energy company E.ON through a Tween Bridge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund.

Community groups which are based within a three-mile radius of the wind farm boundary will be considered.

Projects working in Thorne and Moorends will receive around 80 per cent of the funding.

Certain parts of Hatfield, Hatfield Woodhouse, Sandtoft, Fosterhouses, Stainforth, Ealand, Fishlake, Crowle and Belton are also eligible.

Sophie Moeng, of E.ON said the funding would hopefully come as a major boost to many volunteer-led projects in the area.

She said: “The community benefits fund is a voluntary contribution and we are delighted to provide this as our ongoing commitment to be a good neighbour in the local vicinity of the wind farm.

“We hope to see many community projects being funded, big and small, over the years and encourage people to think how the money could be spent on projects that will give a longer lasting legacy.”

E.ON will be working with the South Yorkshire Community Foundation to ensure funding goes to projects which need it most.

An independent panel of local people will meet to decide on the successful applicants for funding from the Tween Bridge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund.

Pauline Grice, chief executive of SYCF, said the organisation was confident of receiving some really inspiring applications for funding.

Grants from the Tween Bridge Community Benefits Fund will normally be in the region of £1,000 to £5,000.

Log onto www.sycf.org.uk to apply.