New Community Fund Awards First Grants

Twenty one highly deserving local organisations are celebrating being awarded grants through the new East Coast Community Fund.

The new Fund launched by DONG Energy in December last year will make available up to £9.3million for community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms.

The successful groups that will share £195,000 from the first round are:

  • The Coastal Scout Group, Scout Beach Hut, Sutton on Sea - £2,500
  • Your Community Hub CIC, Humberstone - £4,500
  • The Enterprise Community Hall, Mablethorpe - £1,000
  • The Liber Group CIC, The Grant Thorold Community Hub and Library, Grimsby - £4,995
  • Second Thoughts East Yorkshire, Withernsea -£4,970
  • One to One Project, Kings Lynn - £21,186
  • Wrangle Parish Council Outdoor Fitness Project - £4,380
  • Tetney Playing Field and Village Hall Association, Play Area Project - £30,000
  • Health & Wellbeing Stroke Association Voluntary Group, West Norfolk - £5,000
  • Mablethorpe Christian Fellowship Open House - £22,833
  • Foresight North East Lincolnshire, Scartho Library Parents and Toddlers - £5,000
  • West Norfolk Befriending - £5,000
  • Bridlington Rugby Football Union Club, Community Space Renovation - £30,000
  • The Lounge FC, Holton le Clay Cricket Club - £1,800
  • Roots Project CIC, Our Roots in Photography, Bridlington - £4,748
  • 1st Healing Scout Group - £4,500
  • Lincolnshire Extreme Sports Association, X-Site Skatepark Skegness - £4,500
  • Asthma Relief work on the East Coast - £4,853
  • Humber Rescue, Survival Suits - £4,000
  • Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Service, East Coast Responders - £25,119
  • Grainthorpe and Conisholme Village Association Playing Field - £4,116

Each year, for the next 10 years, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year is ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives. The skills fund was launched in July 2017. Further information on this skills fund can be found here.

There are two application rounds for the main fund each year for groups to apply to, the next round is open with a closing date of 2 August 2017.

Natasha Nanuck, DONG Energy’s Stakeholder Advisor, said: “It’s really exciting to see such a diverse group of organisations benefit from the East Coast Community Fund, and I look forward to seeing these projects develop. We want people who live in the areas we operate to really feel the benefits of these huge infrastructure projects, so this is just one of the ways we ensure we have a positive impact in the local community.”

The Fund is being administered by national charity GrantScape. For further details of how you can apply to the next round, please visit GrantScape’s website or call 01908 247634.

Editors' Notes

About DONG Energy
DONG Energy (NASDAQ OMX: DENERG) is one of Northern Europe's leading energy groups and is headquartered in Denmark. Around 6,200 ambitious employees, including over 900 in the UK, develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms, generate power and heat from our power stations as well as supply and trade in energy to wholesale, business and residential customers. The continuing part of the Group has approximately 5,800 employees and generated a revenue in 2016 of DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion). For further information, see or follow us @DONGEnergyUK on Twitter.

About GrantScape
GrantScape is a grant-making charity committed to enhancing the environment and strengthening local communities through its grant programmes. GrantScape’s experience stretches back to 1997 and it has awarded grants totalling over £80 million to deserving projects over this time.
GrantScape manages a range of community and environmental grant programmes on behalf of corporate and local authority clients. These are tailored to their individual requirements, which is the charity’s speciality. In addition, GrantScape offers a professional project management and grant process review service to groups requiring support with these activities.

For further information, please see: or follow us @GrantScape1

About the Hornsea Project One and Race Bank Offshore Windfarms
DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore windfarms are located off the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coast. When they are both operational in 2018-19, these two windfarms will have a combined capacity of nearly 1.8 gigawatts, making them capable of meeting the electricity needs of 1.5 million UK homes.
For further information on Hornsea Project One, please see:

For further information on Race Bank, please see:

About the East Coast Community Fund
DONG Energy has committed to a Community Fund worth approximately £465,000 each year for 20 years. £75,000 of the Fund each year is ring-fenced for a ‘Skills Fund’.
The Fund supports community and environmental projects along the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North Norfolk coasts (as far as Wells-next-the-Sea), within a defined area. It is split equally between two annual funding rounds. There are two levels of grants available:

  • Small grants between £1,000 and £5,000
  • Main grants between £5,001 and £50,000

Applications to the Fund are made using an online application system via the GrantScape website: .

Media contacts

Liz Payne – GrantScape:
01282 543775 or 07963 987653

For additional information, please contact:

Juliette Sanders - Ørsted
+44 20 7811 1181