Community Fund Awards Second Round of Grants

Seventeen deserving local organisations are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants from the second round of Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund.

The renewable energy company, formerly known as DONG Energy, has committed to a fund worth £195,000 every six months for the next 20 years as part of its community engagement.


The lucky groups will each receive a share of the £195,000 windfall, which is available every six months through an open application process for the next 20 year period.


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

The Village Church Farm, Holly House  £44,549
Densholme Care Farm  £6,724
Home-Start Norfolk  £39,726
Charles Bull Blackfriars Arts Centre  £18,820
Humberside Police   £5,000
 Laceby Allotment Association  £1,201
 St Giles Parochial Church Council  £2,900
 Solace End of Life Support  £5,000
 King's Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust  £14,451
 Hornsea Rescue New PPE Equipment  £4,599
 Music in Hospitals  £4,200
 Grimsby In Bloom  £5,000
 East of England Apples & Orchards Project  £3,900
 Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football Club  £2,750
 Nichols Youth Project  £2,150
 REAL Hull and East Riding  £15,600
 The Hull Children's University  £18,430


The Fund was launched by Ørsted in December last year and 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 Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Each year, for the next 20 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. Further information on this skills fund can be found here.


There are two application rounds each year for groups to apply to, and the next closing date is 21 February 2018.


Natasha Nanuck, Ørsted’s Stakeholder Advisor, said:


“It’s fantastic to see so many worthwhile charities and organisations benefit from our East Coast Fund and look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have in the local community. As our operations on the East Coast increase, we’re very proud of the strong relationships we have in the community and this gives us a real opportunity to make a positive difference for the next 20 years.”


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


Media contacts
Matt Young – GrantScape: 01908 247630 or 07963 987657 
Juliette Sanders – Ørsted: +44 (0)207 811 1181

About Ørsted
Ørsted is a renewable energy company that takes tangible action to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms across Europe, Asia and the US, develops and operates bioenergy plants, innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its power distribution and energy customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 5,800 people worldwide, including over 900 in the UK. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen [Orsted]. In 2016, the company’s revenue was DKK 61 bn (EUR 8.2 bn). Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and 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 East Coast Community Fund
Ørsted 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: