Latest community awards bring energy giant’s grants to nearly £1 million
31 Oct 2018
Nearly 20 community groups will share £0.2 million in grants from energy giant Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund.
The fund is part of the company’s community engagement programme for its Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Ørsted is the world’s leading offshore wind operator while the UK is the leading country with the greatest presence in the sector.
Formerly Dong (Danish Oil and Natural Gas), Ørsted changed its name when it transitioned to focus on clean energy and renewables, specifically offshore wind.
Natasha Nanuck, senior stakeholder advisor at Ørsted said: “To see so many deserving organisations benefit from our operations is fantastic, each and every one of the recipients represents a worthy cause.
Since inception in 2016 the East Coast fund has already donated more than £0.7 million to some 70 projects. Ørsted plans to make £9.3 million available to coastal Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk during the period up to 2036.
Windfall awards are made available in six monthly rounds. In addition, Ørsted has ringfenced a further £75,000 annually for a skills fund to support educational and training initiatives.
Added Nanuck: “The East Coast Community Fund will truly have a lasting legacy, and make a real difference to people’s lives, so I strongly encourage organisations to see if they qualify and apply for the next round which closes in January.”
Detty Tyler, children and young people’s services coordinator at recipient East Riding Voluntary Action Services Ltd said: “ERVAS are thrilled to receive funding from the East Coast Community Fund, which will enable us to provide two much-needed Youth Outreach Workers in Bridlington.
“[They] will not only engage with young people in the area and provide a range of positive activities and support, but also work closely with the many organisations who are members of ERVAS’ Bridlington Youth Coalition project, ensuring that we are all working together to provide the best services we can to young people, particularly those who may be most vulnerable.”
Award winners include:
North Cotes Football Club, New Equipment – £4,632
Mablethorpe and Sutton Town Council, Skate Park Shelter – £1,280
Boston Community Transport, Continued Provision of Transport – £5,000
Withernsea Town Council, Promenade & Slipway Lighting – £5,000
East Coast Gymnastics, Fast Track and Landing Area – £5,000
Art Regeneration and Community Heritage Ltd, Creating a Conference Room – £5,000
Chelmsford Avenue Neighbourhood Watch South, Community Garden – £4,900
Grimsby Triathlon Club, Introduction to Open Water Swimming – £3,000
Sutton Bridge United Football Club, New Sports Pavilion – £15,000
East Riding Voluntary Action Services Ltd, Bridlington Youth Coalition: Young People’s Outreach Project – £30,000
Waltham Parish Council, Play Area Upgrade – £9,600
Habrough Village Hall, New Kitchen and Furniture – £10,910
Addaction, Mind and Body – £20,000
Wainfleet All Saints Town Council, New Children's Play Area – £25,000
Furnichurch, Appointment of Part-Time Warehouse Supervisor – £16,000