FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY NEEDS

Northumberland

About Ray Wind Funds

The Ray Wind Farm, operated by Vattenfall, sits on the Ray Estate in Northumberland. It comprises 16 turbines generating 54.4 megawatts of electricity to the National Grid annually, and will continue to do so for the next 25 years – the life of the Wind Farm.

For every year of its working life, Vattenfall will donate money to the rural communities that fall within the catchment area of the Wind Farm, largely the parishes of Bavington, Birtley, Corsenside, Elsdon, Kirkwhelpington, Otterburn, Rothley and Wallington, or within 10km of the Wind Farm i.e. ‘the Area of Benefit’.   The annual figure donated is £5,000 per megawatt of generated output, index-linked, for the life of the Wind Farm – more than £250,000 per year, commencing in 2018.

To ensure the transparent distribution of funds within the communities, a Community Interest Company has been established with Board members representing each of six parish councils within the catchment area, plus seven lay members appointed to further represent their respective communities. Each will serve a term of three years (renewable). The Community Interest Company (CIC) is legally registered and is accountable to Vattenfall.

There are three funds: The Small Grants Programme (SGP) managed and administered by The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear, which awards grants up to £10,000 for charitable projects; the Local Initiatives Fund (LIF), administered by the CIC, which is flexible in scope and can make larger awards; and the Legacy Fund.    Go to FUNDS to find out more.

Funding Map

The Ray Windfarm Fund CIC – Board of Directors

Chair Peter Ramsden Bavington Parish CouncilMember of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Chair of the Local Initiatives Committee
Vice Chair David Burn Birtley Parish Council Member of the Local Initiatives Committee
Chair of the Small Grants Approval Panel
Company SecretaryMartin ChilversOtterburn Parish CouncilMember of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
TreasurerChris RobsonLay memberChair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Willie Browne-SwinburneLay member Member of the Local Initiatives Committee
Paul CowieElsdon Parish Council Member of the Local Initiatives Committee
Sarah CroneLay member Member of the Local Initiatives Committee
Lesley Gosling Lay member Member of the Local Initiatives Committee
Andrew HardingCorsenside Parish CouncilMember of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Tony PenderLay memberMember of the Local Initiatives Committee
Ian RawlesLay member Member of the Local Initiatives Committee
Richard ThorntonKirkwhelpington Parish CouncilMember of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
Katie WoodLay memberMember of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

The Ray Wind Funds administrator: Jane Cartridge

Enquiries to the administrator may be redirected by her to the Ray Wind Funds Director taking specific responsibility for the topic of your funding application, to give you further advice and support.

Contact:  admin@raywindfund.co.uk 

How Do I Get Funding for Our Community Project?

If you would like to make an application, please visit our ‘The Funds‘ page for further information, such as eligibility, what can and cannot be funded and the grants available.

The future is bright.

The Ray Wind Funds are here to help and support our local community. With your help we can make a difference.
If you have any questions regarding the funds available please don’t hesitate to contact us.