Community Benefit Fund – Grants awarded

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.

During 2017-18 grants were awarded as part of the fifth round of funding from the Wind Turbine Community Benefit Fund. Approximately £20,000 was awarded to eight local community and environmental projects.

The successful projects in Round 5 included:

  • Fairfield Association – FLORA & FAUNA Nature Reserve path project – Installation of benches at view points on a new section of the FLOFRA & FAUNA nature reserve, Fairfield.
  • Galgate Bowling Club – Access improvement project to the Bowling Club.
  • The Gregson Community Association – Energy Efficient Gregson Centre Project. – Grant funding awarded to enable replacement of single glazed windows at the Gregson Centre as part of major roof repair, energy efficiency and insulation project.
  • Lancaster Boys & Girls Club – Heating systems Zonal Control Project
  • Lancaster Bus Users Group – Publicity Improvement Project
  • Quernmore Recreation Club - Installation of multipurpose all-weather artificial grass playing surface at Quernmore Recreation Club.
  • Scotch Quarry Village Garden – Growing Connections Project. - A project to provide training courses on outdoor and conservation skills (coppicing, use of natural materials etc) for Scotch Quarry Village Garden users and residents.
  • South Lancaster Community Emergency Group (Joint with St Pauls Scotforth PCC) – Project to help establish South Lancaster Community Emergency Centre.

“We were pleased to receive so many applications for the fifth round of funding from such a great range of projects,” said Jonathan Mills, Carbon, 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 sixth round of funding from the Community Benefit Fund will be accepted from February to 30th April 2019. Community and Voluntary groups can apply directly, or proposals can 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 has made grant awards of £100,000 over the last five years, benefitting 45 community and environmental.

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 30% or over 7,000tCO2e since 2005. The wind turbine generates approximately 4,000MWh of electricity a year, approximately 15% of the University consumption and sufficient to power 1,300 houses.