Community benefit funds

Our community grants help support local groups and organisations in the coastal regions where we construct and operate our offshore wind farms.

We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we construct and operate our offshore wind farms and other projects. Our three Community Benefit Funds — Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund, East Coast Community Fund and Walney Extension Community Fund — have so far awarded over £4 million to more than 350 local social and environmental projects along the East and West coasts.

Our Funds are administered by independent grant-making charity GrantScape, with decision-making supported by local Advisory Groups made up of community specialists who benefit from a strong and deep understanding of the local community and environment.

Discover more about our Funds in our latest newsletter and read the stories where community grants are making a real difference:

Read our Community Benefit Funds newsletter

Location of Orsted Community Benefit Funds

Our Community Benefit Funds

Explore our Community Benefit Funds and learn how to apply for coastal community funding. 

Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm is located in Liverpool Bay on the UK's west coast. 

The Fund is worth approximately £225,000 each year for the lifetime of the Project and has so far awarded 116 grants across Merseyside and North Wales.

Click on the link below to apply for funding via the GrantScape website:

Apply for Fund

East Coast Community Fund

The East Coast Community Fund is linked to the Hornsea Projects and Racebank offshore wind farms and has £465,000 available each year. Over 120 projects have been supported so far in coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.  

More than £1.5 million has been awarded to community and environmental projects in the coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and north Norfolk since the Fund launched in 2016.

Click on the link below to apply for funding via the GrantScape website:

Apply for Fund

Walney Extension Community Fund

The Walney Extension Community Fund is linked to the offshore wind farm around 19km off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria and has £600,000 of funding available annually. A total of £100,000 of this is ring fenced for a Skills Fund. To date more than 120 local groups and projects have received support.


Click on the link below to apply for funding via the GrantScape website:

Apply for Fund

Community Benefit Funds
What is the community grant application process?

  • Applications are submitted to GrantScape via their online system

  • Each application received by the deadline is assessed by Grant Officers at GrantScape to ensure it meets the specific critieria


  • All eligible applications are then presented to the relevant Advisory Group (AG) that has been established to help decide how the grants from the Fund will be allocated


  • Recommendations from the AG are then presented to GrantScape’s Board of Trustees to make final decisions on which applications will receive grants


  • GrantScape will confirm the final decision to applicants by the Fund decision date published on GrantScape’s website

Ørsted Community Benefit Funds 
Supporting communities through
to recovery


The second round of Ørsted’s 2020 Community Benefit Funds is now open for grant applications. With our latest funding programme, Ørsted CBF: Supporting communities through to recovery, we are making the funds more accessible, removing certain restrictions and delivering financial support to local projects and organisations impacted by the pandemic.

We’re encouraging applications from local groups and organisations, who are looking to provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery efforts from Covid-19.

Many voluntary and community groups who deliver important services and support within their communities will have lost significant core income over the past few months. We welcome applications that will support eligible organisations to recover quicker financially.

‘Business-as-usual’ grants will also remain available and accessible in order to help groups continue delivering valuable projects and services within their communities.

The judging criteria for all Funds will remain the same, however with pressure on funding expected to be significantly higher in these unprecedented times, applications to support organisations through Covid-19 recovery are likely to be prioritised.

To help make our funding more accessible, groups that have received a grant within the last 2 years or have been unsuccessful in the last round may now re-apply.

There will also be no need for match funding for any applications at this time. All other criteria will remain unchanged.

This change relates to the applications to the current and early 2021 rounds for all our Community Benefit Funds.

We will continue to review the situation and to assess whether further updates to the criteria would be helpful in light of changing needs.

Learn how to apply for funding

Imran Nawaz

Stakeholder Advisor & CBF Manager, Ørsted

Transforming coastal communities

Offshore wind is helping to transform UK coastal communities through investment in local facilities, the creation of high-skilled jobs and the development of competitive, export-orientated local supply chains.