Wind farm generates community funding
Cheshire-based Frodsham Wind Farm, owned by Peel Energy and Foresight Group, is continuing to reap benefits for the community that go beyond its green credentials with almost £45,000 of recent donations to local groups.
In its fifth round of funding, the Marshes Community Benefit Fund (MCBF) set up by the wind farm in 2016, has awarded £44,083 to five projects which will benefit residents in nearby Frodsham, Helsby and Elton.
This latest funding (full list of awards below) will replace disabled toilets at a community centre and provide services to support older people to stay active.
It has also bought a new mower for a local bowling green and enabled a photography group to update its equipment.
Elton Parish Council – awarded £1,694 towards the Jubilee Field project
Rural Community Services – awarded £19,360 towards the Older People Active Lives (OPAL) project across Frodsham and Helsby.
Frodsham & District Photographic Society – awarded £2,266 for a new projector.
Red Lion Bowling Club in Frodsham – awarded £3,723 for a replacement mower.
Frodsham Community Association – awarded £17,040 to replace disabled toilets.
Frodsham Wind Farm contributes £120,000 to the fund each year which local groups can apply to for grants between £150 and £60,000. It is independently managed the Marshes Community Benefit Fund - a panel comprising of residents with two rounds of applications per year.
Muir Miller, Managing Director of Peel Energy, part of Peel L&P said: “The MCBF along with our other Community Benefit funds provide a valuable resource to local people and we’re delighted to be able to award another round of funding to projects that will bring further social, economic and environmental benefits to the area.”
Dianne Walker, MCBF Chair and recent recipient of an award from The Sunday Times for her independent non-executive director work, added: “Panel members considered the successful projects as clearly defined with a demonstrated need, were well thought out and are of significant benefit to the residents in the areas surrounding the Frodsham Wind Farm.”
Dianne also commented that past projects have been completed on time and tangible benefits have already been felt in the respective communities.
For more information on the Fund and the application process, visit www.marshescbf.uk
Applications for the next round of funding will open on 1 June 2019 and close on 31 August 2019.