Ørsted is keen that organisations applying to its Community Benefit Funds are reflecting on their environmental impact, taking positive steps to minimise the carbon footprint of their project and seeking opportunities to make their activities environmentally sustainable.
Through the grant application process, groups are asked if they are taking steps to minimise the carbon footprint of the project they are seeking funding support for, and whether the project will make a positive impact on the environment – in other words, is the project ‘Inspired by Green’? New judging criteria for the Community Benefit Funds is giving greater weighting to the answers to these questions.
Eleven organisations have been awarded funding in the latest round of funding from Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund. Two of the projects that were ‘Inspired by Green’ were The National Trust’s Wicks Lake project and Emmaus Merseyside’s community garden project.
£16,425 has been awarded to The National Trust for fencing works at Wicks Lake. Bree Hodge, National Trust Ranger leading on the Wicks Lake project, said: “Thank you so much for giving us the best possible opportunity to improve the much-loved area of Wicks Lake. Building a new fence will really help with our mission to improve the infrastructure around the lake and make a lasting difference. It will also enable people to safely visit and enjoy this special spot, whilst giving wildlife space to thrive undisturbed. To be able to rebuild this vital element of the site will be so gratefully received by everyone who loves to visit."
£14,400 has been awarded to Emmaus Merseyside to provide a safe walkway surface in their Sefton community garden. Marc Bamber, Chief Operating Officer at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund for their generous support to help with the continued development of our community garden in Sefton. The funding will help us improve access to the garden to allow a greater range of people to use and benefit from the growing space.”
Imran Nawaz, Senior Advisor & Community Benefit Fund Manager for Ørsted, said: “We’re very excited for the first round of funding since we added the new judging criteria ‘Inspired by Green’. The idea of love your home starts with the communities that we work in, and to be able to support projects that are minimising their carbon footprint is very important. We’d love to hear from more projects and organisations, so please do apply before the deadline.”
The full list of organisations awarded grants under the latest round of the Burbo Bank Extension Community Benefit Fund are as follows:
- The Fillies GFC, Netherton Sports Health and Personal Development Programme - £12,250
- St Luke's Methodist Church, Refurbishment of Community Room and Kitchen - £15,000
- Emmaus Merseyside, Emmaus Beautiful Garden - £14,400
- Vauxhall Community Law and Information Centre, Cost of Living Crisis Support for Coastal Communities - £15,000
- River And Sea Sense, Safety Schools - £19,980
- Music in Mind CIO, Sefton Coastal Voice - £4,950
- Churches Together in Great Crosby Charitable Trust, Crossroads Cafe Replacement of Outdated Inefficient Heating System - £5,000
- The National Trust, Wicks Lake Project - £16,425
- Independence Initiative Ltd, The Indy Workshop Bootle - £5,000
- Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo - Carer Liaison Support Worker - £16,603
- Ykids Ltd, Supporting Families Facing Crisis Due to Cost of Living Crisis - £19,860
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 funding round is 12 April 2023.
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.
Ørsted’s 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. It was the first offshore wind farm in the world to commercially demonstrate the massive 8MW MHI Vestas turbines which stand at a staggering 195m, tall from sea-level to tip.