The Funds

Funding your project:

There are three Funds:

The Small Grants Programme (SGP) which supports charitable projects with awards normally of between £500 and £10,000. This programme is administered by the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear, advised by a panel of CIC Directors. Applications should be made through the Community Foundation website. Applications are invited on a six-monthly cycle and details can be found on the  Community Foundation’s website when the programme is open for applications.

The Local Initiatives Fund (LIF)  This fund is administered by the Ray Windfarm Fund CIC and is open to businesses and organisations which have the potential to deliver projects that are relevant to the needs of the communities in the area of benefit.

  • Applicants must normally have a formal constitution, but small grants, with a minimum of £500 up to a maximum of £1000 may be made to enable individuals to undertake clearly defined projects of benefit to the community.
  • All applications are a two-stage process the first of which is to complete an enquiry form. Applicants will receive an acknowledgement within 10 days which will indicate the next date for consideration of applications.
  • It is expected that the CIC Board will meet on up to six occasions a year to consider applications.

The Legacy Fund The Legacy Fund is intended to continue providing community benefit beyond the operational life of the wind farm.

In the event of any query, or to seek advice before submitting a proposal, call or email the Ray Wind Funds administrator: Jane Cartridge on 07762 179579 or email admin@raywindfund.co.uk

Local Initiatives Fund

In assessing applications the CIC will also have regard to the following factors, not all of which will be relevant in every case:

  • extent of local procurement of goods and services
  • opportunities for partnership working with other organisations
  • enhancement of local capacity for self-help
  • attraction of partnership or match funding

The CIC recognises that applications which are for over £20,000, or which have a longer-term strategic significance, may require sustained voluntary effort from members of the community and a more directly supportive approach from the CIC. Applicants are therefore asked to follow a two-stage process that will help the promoters of initiatives to get an early “in principle” steer from the CIC, establish a constructive dialogue, and give the CIC the opportunity to provide interim support that is tailored to the circumstances of individual projects.

Queries related to any of the available funds or for advice before submitting a proposal, call or email the Ray Wind Funds administrator: Jane Cartridge on 07762 179579 or email admin@raywindfund.co.uk

In the first instance, interested parties should submit an preliminary enquiry form which should include:-

  • summary descriptions of the project and its promoters
  • evidence of community support
  • estimates of likely benefits, timescale and costs
  • other possible sources of funding
  • any professional advice that may need to be commissioned and
  • other parties whose involvement is necessary or desirable.

The outline proposal will be subject to a preliminary appraisal by the Local Initiatives Committee of the CIC to ascertain if there is potential to deliver sufficient community benefit in a cost-effective and sustainable way and, if so, to identify any further work necessary to produce a substantive application in an agreed format. Where appropriate, CIC funding may be made available for the procurement of independent expertise to aid the applicant and/or the CIC.

After initial consideration of the submitted enquiry form a formal application form will be sent to suitable applicants.

ELIGIBILITY

The Fund is not restricted to charitable activities and is open to businesses and organisations who have the potential to deliver projects that are relevant to the needs of the communities in the area of benefit.

Applicants must normally have a formal constitution, but small grants, with a minimum of £500, may be made to enable individuals to undertake clearly defined projects of benefit to the community.

However, the Fund cannot support activities that:

  • promote the advancement of religion or politics
  • solely support animal welfare
  • should have access to public funding as measured by reference to provision made by the relevant public funder in other areas where that funder operates
  • primarily benefit people resident outside the Fund area of benefit
  • are contrary to the interests of Vattenfall or its subsidiaries
  • are likely to bring Vattenfall or its subsidiaries into disrepute
  • relate solely or mainly to repayment of loans or payment of debts or
  • will take place or have been paid for, before a decision has been made on an application (retrospective funding).

Can We Help You?

If you have any questions regarding the funding process please feel free to contact us.