Funding Winners 2015

Lancaster University’s wind turbine is not only cutting carbon emissions, it is helping a wide range of local community and environmental projects through the Wind Turbine Community Benefits Fund.

The second round of funding, which equates to £20,000 has been awarded to 10 local community projects.

Following their applications the successful projects to be allocated funding include:

  • Fairfield Association (Friends of Triangle Group) - Aldcliffe Road Triangle – Installation of removable bollards to control parking and improve pedestrian safety and access.
  • Broadband for the Rural North – Broadband for Ellel and Scotforth Turbine Area (B4ESTA) installation Project
  • Friends of Greaves Park – Greaves Park Improvements Project
  • Lancaster Green Spaces - Carr House Lane Hedge Laying and hedge laying training
  • Lancaster Boys & Girls Club – Lighting Up Project – installation of energy efficient lighting
  • Lancaster Local Quaker Meeting (Friends Meeting House) - Roof Insulation Project
  • Quernmore Recreation Club - Installation of Solar Panels
  • Shrewsbury Drive Allotment Association – Compost Toilet Project
  • North Lancashire Community Land Trust – De Vitre Community Gardens Project 
  • Claver Hill Group – Growing Success Project - Installation of poly tunnels to support community food growing project.


“We were pleased to receive so many applications for the second round of funding from such a great range of projects,” said Jonathan Mills, Environment and Sustainability Manager at Lancaster University. “The projects will benefit the local environment by helping improve or establish community spaces, reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions or support rural and community development projects.”

Applications for the third round of funding from the Community Benefit Fund will be accepted from October to December 2015. Community and Voluntary groups can apply directly, or proposals could be made to Parish Councils, who can apply to the fund.

Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from Lancaster University’s Community Benefits Fund webpage 

The Community Benefits Fund has been developed to share the benefit of the wind turbine with local communities in south Lancaster area by providing grant funding for community and environmental projects. The Community Benefit fund will run for 20 years with £40,000 distributed to 17 community and environmental projects in the first two rounds of funding. 

The University has been working to reduce its carbon emissions by implementing a range of projects including the wind turbine as part of its Carbon Management Plan.  These projects have seen carbon emissions cut by 28% or over 7,000tCO2e since 2005.  The wind turbine generated over 5,000MWh of electricity over the last year, 15% of the University consumption and sufficient to power 1,300 houses. The wind turbine alone reduced University carbon emissions by 2,247tCO2e over the last year and contributed to an 18% reduction in University carbon emissions between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Funding winners 2015Above: Volunteers and trainers who took part in the Lancaster Green Spaces hedge laying event on the cycle track between Carr House Lane and Sylvester Street.  

The hedge-laying took place on 27 and 28th February and involved expert hedge-layers who provided training for volunteers from the local community, Lancaster CVS and Lancaster University.  Laying of the 150m length of hedge was completed over the two days and prizes were awarded for the teams judged to have done the best work over the two days.  Guidance on the project was provided by Lancashire County Council’s Countryside Service.’