About Ray Wind Funds

The Ray Wind Farm, operated by its Swedish parent company Vattenfall,  sits on the Ray Estate in Northumberland. It comprises 16   125 metre high turbines generating 54.4 Mw’s of electricity to the national grid annually, and will continue to do so for the next 25 years – the life of the wind farm.

Every year of the wind farm’s working life, Vattenfall will donate money to six rural parishes which fall within its catchment area, or 10km, of the wind farm, namely, Bavington, Birtley, Corsenside, Elsdon, Kirkwhelpington and Otterburn, i.e. ‘the Area of Benefit’.   The annual figure donated is £270,000, commencing in 2018.

To ensure the transparent distribution of funds within the communities, a Board of Directors has been appointed – one person from each of the six parish councils – including seven lay members appointed from within the parishes to further represent their respective communities. Each will serve a term of three years (renewable). The Board is a legally formed Community Interest Company (CIC), accountable to Vattenfall.

Each of the three Funds: The Small Grants Programme (SGP); The Local Initiatives Fund (LIF) and the Legacy Fund is headed by either the full CIC, or sub-committees of the CIC.

Vattenfall, developer of the Ray Windfarm, is making annual donations that are to be used to fund community benefits for people, businesses and organisations within a 10 kilometre radius of the windfarm (the area of benefit).

In accordance with the findings of extensive and ongoing research and community engagement there are three strands of funding namely:

  • a Small Grants Programme to support charitable projects with awards normally of between £500 and £10,000. This programme is administered by the Community Foundation for Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, advised by a panel comprising CIC Directors.
  • a Local Initiatives Fund, which is not restricted to charitable projects.  Details are set out below.  The Fund is administered by the Finance & General Purposes Committee of the CIC whose terms of reference and membership are described here.
  • an Endowment Fund, the annual returns which will support the Small Grants Programme and in the longer term provide for continued community benefit after the annual donations from Vattenfall cease. Oversight of this fund, which has been established within an ethical investment fund administered by the Community Foundation, is the responsibility of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the CIC.

The future is bright.

The Ray Wind Fund is 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.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The main purposes of the Local Initiatives Committee are to:

  • prepare, subject to approval by the CIC Board, guidance for potential applicants on the purposes and procedures of each of the elements of the Fund;
  • arrange delivery of such guidance throughout the area of benefit;
  • review outline proposals received and provide feedback, including the commissioning of expert advice – where appropriate (with CIC funding) by the applicant;
  • undertake appropriate levels of appraisal of substantive proposals and make recommendations to the CIC Board;
  • monitor approved applications and commission external evaluation if appropriate;
  • prepare Minutes of its meetings and periodic reports on the progress of the Fund; and
  • make recommendations to the Board on any revisions to the purposes or procedures of the Fund that would increase its effectiveness in delivering community benefit.

Membership

To ensure the transparent distribution of funds within the communities, a Board of Directors has been appointed – one person from each of the six parish councils – including seven lay members appointed from within the parishes to further represent their respective communities. Each will serve a term of three years (renewable). The Board is a legally formed Community Interest Company (CIC), accountable to Vattenfall.

  • The Committee comprises a minimum of three CIC Directors plus up to three external co-optees with relevant process and content experience
  • The Chair of the Committee is appointed by the CIC Board from among the CIC members of the Committee
  • The quorum for meetings is three, of whom two must be CIC Directors

EXECUTIVE SUPPORT

The Committee will be serviced by the CIC Administrator who in dealing with specific proposals will be able to seek support from the CIC Director who has undertaken to accept special responsibility on behalf of the Board for the relevant field of activity.

The RayWindFarm Fund CIC – Board of Directors

Chair Peter Ramsden Bavington BaPC(LIF, F&GPC)
Vice Chair David Burn BirtleyBPC(LIF)
Company SecretaryMartin ChilversOtterburnOPC(F&GPC)
Ian RawlesBavington (LIF)
Richard ThorntonKirkwhelpingtonKPC(F&GPC)
Katie WoodKirkwhelpington(F&GPC)
Willie Browne-SwinburneKirkwhelpington
Andrew HardingCorsensideCPC(F&GPC)
Tony PenderCorsenside(LIF)
Chris RobsonElsdon(F&GPC)
Paul CowieElsdonEPC
Lesley Gosling Birtley(LIF)
Sarah CroneBirtleyBPC(LIF)

Abbreviations:

  • BaPC – Bavington Parish Council, BPC – Birtley Parish Council, OPC – Otterburn Parish Council, KPC – Kirkwhelpington Parish Council, CPC – Corsenside Parish Council, EPC – Elsdon Parish Council.  Others are lay members from those parishes.
  • CIC – Community Interest Company
  • LIF – Local Initiatives Committee
  • F&GPC – Finance & General Purposes Committee

The Ray Wind Fund administrator: Jane Cartridge,  Otterburn 

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

Contact:  admin@raywindfunds.co.uk