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Wind farm funds generate community activity

10th February 2020

Local charities and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding to support their work in the Maldon district.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the Tuncole Wind Farm and Bradwell Wind Farm community benefit funds, which are both managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF). 

Eligible projects and activities must aim to improve the lives of residents or encourage community activity. 

Organisations that have previously received funding include:

  • Burnham History Society: £9,000 to replace the windows of Burnham Museum, which was built in 1912.
  • Maldon & Essex Lifesaving Swim Club: £4,730 to provide life support and basic first aid training in schools and clubs around the District.
  • The Dengie Shed: £10,945 to set up a ‘Men’s Shed’ in Southminster, where men can share conversation whilst engaging in practical projects.
  • The Thursday Club: £360 to run a Christmas social event for older people in Bradwell-on-Sea to help alleviate loneliness and isolation.

ECF meets with panels of local residents to consider applications and make the decisions regarding grant awards. 

Caroline Taylor, chief executive at ECF, said: “The panel members draw on their community knowledge to help us ensure that funding is channelled to where it is needed most. I encourage anyone that has a project in mind that will help to improve the lives of local people, and the area in which they live, to get in touch with the Foundation’s grants team.

"We are particularly keen to speak with those working in Southminster, Burnham-on-Crouch, Bradwell and Tillingham.”

For more information and to discuss your potential application, please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018. The deadline to apply is Friday 3 April.

The application form can be found here.