A decade of support raises £200,000 for local community projects – and applications are open for more

An image of Lancaster University campus, showing InfoLab in the foreground and the wind turbine behind

Lancaster-based not-for-profit organisations, charities, trusts and community groups are being urged to apply for up to £20,000 from Lancaster University’s wind turbine Community Benefits Fund, for support towards sustainable projects.

The Fund, which has just celebrated its tenth birthday, supports community-based and environmental projects and has so far given away £200,000.

Examples of successful recipients include:

  • Greaves Park: A project to create a ‘tree trail’ in Greaves Park through identifying the native and unusual non-native trees with a series of signs and labels
  • Stodday picnic area: A new picnic table, benches, resurfacing of the ground surface and boundary, and control of the vegetation at Stodday picnic area on Lune cycle path
  • St Peter’s Church, Quernmore: A project to create new internal spaces in the church to enable it to be used for a much more comprehensive range of community events and activities
  • Fairfield Nature Reserve: A project to install benches along the new Pony Wood path, part of the Fauna and Flora Nature Reserve

"Interest in the Community Benefit Fund was high, meaning we have had to be selective of the projects awarded grants," Environment and Sustainability Manager Jon Mills says. "A wide range of high-quality projects were represented in the applications received, making selection challenging."

The wind turbine at Lancaster University produces around 15 per cent of the overall energy demand on campus each year and The Community Benefits Fund uses some of that benefit to engage with the local community to promote sustainable projects.

For more information on the fund or to upload and application, click here. Applications will be accepted until Friday June 30, 2023.

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