Over £2.5 Million Awarded Through Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund

Fifteen organisations from coastal communities in Cumbria and Lancashire are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund.

The latest awards take the Fund past the £2.5million milestone as the total amount awarded reaches £2,630,639.

The Fund launched in 2016 and has already seen over 150 projects supported through the main Community Fund and the dedicated Skills Fund.

The full list of organisations awarded grants from the ninth round of funding are as follows:

  • Adullam Programme, Bridging the Gap of Mental Health Provision in Lancaster – £5,000
  • Wellfed CIC, Community Food Clubs, Barrow – £4,970
  • Men’s Shed Fleetwood CIO – £15,000
  • Stanleys Community Centre, Lancaster – £24,731
  • The Well Communities CIC, Barrow and Morecambe – £38,378
  • Action for Children, Mental Health Interventions for Young People, Ulverston – 30,000
  • South West Cumbria United Area, Hartington St Methodist Church Resource Centre – £2,000
  • The Hospice of St Marys of Furness – Well-Being Furness and Souths Lakes – £20,000
  • Westview Community Association, Wyre – £33,895
  • The Brathay Trust, Reaching Communities Walney Island – £15,000
  • Barrow Raiders Community Foundation – £5,000
  • Marie Curie, Lancaster and Wyre – £5,000
  • Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Wild Wellbeing Days – £20,000
  • Cowran Care Ltd, Pennington, South Lakes – £13,000
  • Furness Broadcast Media Ltd, CANDOFM Community Radio – £25,000

Jonathan Williams, Director, Furness Broadcast Media Ltd, said: “Orsted is making a significant positive impact for the Furness communities. With their support CANDOFM will continue providing a voice to local people and organisations, and is now in a much stronger position to expand the service, and benefit, for our local community.”

Imran Nawaz, Stakeholder Advisor & Community Benefit Fund Manager for Ørsted, said: “It’s been a challenging year for everyone in the region, so it’s with a great sense of pride that we are announcing the latest recipients of our Community Fund grants. There is a great deal of hard work that goes on in the local community and we are delighted to support these organisation continue to make a positive difference.”

The Fund is made possible by Ørsted which has constructed the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension, off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. Each year, approximately £600,000 will be made available for community projects for the expected 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.

The Fund is being administered 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 next closing date for applications is 23 June 2021.

For more information contact miday@orsted.com

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