The Vattenfall Ray Wind Farm Small Grants Programme (the Fund) at the Community Foundation distributes £100,000 annually to support charitable activities through voluntary and community groups, charitable organisations and social enterprises. Priority will be given to applications from organisations and individuals based within a 10km radius of the Vattenfall Ray Wind Farm. Applications from organisations based outside this area may be supported if the Fund considers there is compelling evidence of benefit to residents of this area. Grants of £500 to £10,000 are available for projects of up to one year’s duration. Requests for capital and revenue funding will be considered for projects that are charitable in purpose, priority may be given to capital items with a tangible, lasting benefit, including improvements to community buildings. The Fund will consider all applications on their merits, but is particularly interested in supporting projects that meet 4 priorities identified through consultation with local people:

  • Developing community assets (g. improving IT infrastructure; maintaining and developing village halls and community buildings; maintaining church buildings)

  • Boosting the local economy (e.g. support services for new and existing local businesses; developing community businesses; tourist development initiatives)

  • Improving local quality of life (e.g. local leisure and sport activities; extra-curricular provision in schools; apprenticeships and training for young people)

  • Looking after the environment (e.g. creating nature trails; protecting local animals and plants; clearing waterways)

The deadline for submitting applications for consideration at the spring 2018 meeting of the Fund Advisory Panel is 16 April 2018. The Advisory Panel comprises of 12 members, all who live within the Ray Wind Farm Fund area of benefit. Full details, including a map of the area of benefit is available on the Community Foundation's website.