LOCAL COMMUNITY REAPS THE REWARDS OF ONSHORE WIND POWER

onshore-wind-powerThe much anticipated next round of awards from RWE Innogy UK’s Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Community Fund have now been announced. In this latest round of awards, 21 local groups and charities have been successful in securing grants totalling over £48,000.

The Little Cheyne Court Community Fund will invest over £1.2 million into local community activities and projects over the lifetime of the windfarm. The fund benefits communities that are based within a 10km radius of the wind farm.

This recent round of funding has seen a variety of good causes benefit. These include Rye and District Community Transport who have been awarded £2,500 to enable the 326 bus route to continue to run 6 days per week. Audio Active, an innovative music organisation who work with disadvantaged people have received a grant of £2,000 to put towards running costs. New Romney Old School Trust and Romney Marsh Day Centre have also benefitted with each receiving £5,000 to put towards facility improvements.

Katy Woodington, RWE Innogy UK’s Senior Community Investment Officer, said:

“It’s fantastic to see the latest round of awards come through and especially rewarding to see the wind farm helping to sustain vital local services. We know just how important transport links such as the 326 bus route are to rural communities and are really proud that our wind farms can help make sure people, who don’t have other means of transport, can carry on getting to work, vital appointments and social engagements. The Little Cheyne Court Community Fund makes over £72,000 available annually and I would encourage any groups interested in applying to the scheme to get in touch to find out more.”

The Little Cheyne Court Community Fund is administered jointly by two independent organisations, the Kent and Sussex Community Foundations. The Foundations have convened a grants panel of volunteers from local communities to make decisions regarding the allocation of funds in the community. This means that decisions about which projects are made by local people.

If your community group or project would like to apply for funding please visit the Little Cheyne Court community page for information http://www.rwe.com/web/cms/en/310506/rwe-innogy/sites/wind-onshore/united-kingdom/in-operation/local-community/

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