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Wind Farm generates grants

28th July 2015

Tillingham Cricket Club, Bradwell-on-Sea Village Hall and St Thomas Church in Bradwell are amongst the latest beneficiaries of the Bradwell Wind Farm Community Fund.

In total, nine local organisations received £34,168 in this second year of awarding grants from the Fund which is managed by ECF.

Graham Lowing was churchwarden of St Thomas Church when his application for funding was granted. He said: “The exterior masonry and brickwork of the church was beginning to show its age and we applied for funding for the repairs.

“We are fortunate to have the Wind Farm Community Fund to which we can apply for help. It is vital that St Thomas remains a welcoming and well-maintained place and thanks to the grant we have been able to start the repairs.”

Katy Woodington from RWE Innogy UK, the company which developed and operate Bradwell Wind Farm said:“It is great to see such worthwhile and varied projects benefit from the latest round of funding. Beneficiaries include scout groups, football clubs, wildlife projects and church renovations. It is clear to see that the Fund really is making a difference locally and positively impacting on so many people from different parts of the community." 

Since it was established in May 2013, the Community Fund has already invested £60,000 into local causes and supported a  wide range of projects.

ECF works with a panel of local representatives to make decisions about how the funding is spent. This means that decisions are made by the people who know and understand their community best.

Caroline Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive at ECF said: “We are pleased to be working with RWE Innogy to ensure that the money available from the Bradwell Wind Farm makes a significant difference to the lives of local people.  Working with the panel means we can listen and respond to local needs, so we would urge local groups to contact us with potential ideas for funding.” 

Bradwell Wind Farm consists of 10 turbines located near Bradwell-on-Sea. In 2014 alone, the wind farm produced 50,961MW hours of electricity - enough to serve the needs of more than 12,000 average UK households each and every year.

To apply for a grant click here.