Ørsted announces latest round of grants for community projects around Liverpool Bay

Fifteen local organisations around Liverpool Bay are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The recipients will each receive a share of the £112,500 windfall available under the fifth round of grants awarded by the Fund.

Each year for the expected 25 year lifetime of the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, approximately £225,000 will be made available for community projects, which will benefit the local area.

The 15 new projects join 58 other groups who have already benefited from grant support through the Fund which has given away over £560,000 since it launched in May 2015.

The full list of organisations awarded grants under this round of the Community Benefit Fund are as follows:

  • Wallasey Village United Reformed Church - £13,500
  • 4 The Community CIC, Active in Rhyl - £10,400
  • Friends of Hilbre Island - £5,000
  • Headway Conwy and Denbighshire - £2,500
  • New Brighton Baptist Church, Christians Against Poverty - £3,000
  • UTS Community Sport and Health Hub, Hoylake - £12,000
  • Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted - £4,153
  • Royden Park Ranger Volunteer Group, Irby Quarry Meadows - £3,165
  • Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid - £19,000
  • Salvation Army Bootle - £4,922
  • Wirral Churches’ Ark Project, Wirral Dinghies - £10,000
  • North Wales Little Tern Group - £1,140
  • Kindfulness Coffee Club - £15,000
  • North Wales Women’s Centre - £4,500
  • Choose Life The Prisoners Initiative, Sefton - £4,220

Natasha Nanuck, Ørsted’s Stakeholder Advisor, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to announce the winners of this round of funding. The regions in which we operate are at the heart of our business, so as well as bringing skilled jobs, and engaging with young people through our education partnerships, we support local organisations through this community benefit fund. The next round of funding is now open, where again £112,500 will be up for grabs, so we strongly encourage local projects in need of funding to apply.” 

The Fund is being managed by national grant-making charity GrantScape and more details can be found at GrantScape’s website www.grantscape.org.uk or by calling 01908 247634. The closing date for the next round of applications is 28 March 2018.

The Ørsted Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm was officially opened in May 2017 and is capable of meeting the electricity demand of well over 230,000 homes.


Media contacts:

Liz Payne – GrantScape 01282 543775 or 07963 987653 liz.payne@grantscape.org.uk
Juliette Sanders – UK Media Relations Manager Ørsted 0207 811 1181

About Ørsted:

Ørsted (Nasdaq OMX: DENERG) is one of Northern Europe's leading energy groups and is headquartered in Denmark. Around 5,600 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 Group generated revenue in 2016 of DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion). As part of our transformation to green energy we plan to change our name to Ørsted (Nasdaq OMX: ORSTED as of 31 October).

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: www.grantscape.org.uk .

About Burbo Bank Extension

The Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm is located 7km off the coast of Liverpool bay, at the entrance to the River Mersey. Onshore construction began in 2015, offshore construction started in 2016 and the project was officially opened in May 2017. The offshore wind farm has a total capacity of 258MW, enough to power over 230,000 homes.

For further information, please see: orsted.co.uk

About Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

The Fund supports community and environmental projects along the North Wales and English coast, off the Irish Sea, within a defined area. Approximately £225,000 is available each year. The Fund is split equally between two annual funding rounds. There are two levels of grants available:

  • Small grants between £500 and £5,000
  • Main grants between £5,001 and £25,000

Applications to the Fund are made using an online application system via the GrantScape website www.grantscape.org.uk .