E.ON’s Tween Bridge Wind Farm which was officially opened earlier this year will provide a Community Benefits Fund of approximately £1.25 million to benefit local people during the lifetime of the project.
Through the fund £55,000 will be made available each year to help support community groups within a three mile radius of the site. On reaching the first year anniversary of the fund a number of local organisations have already benefited.
Autism Plus, a Thorne charity which supports people with autism and other disabilities, has received a grant of £1,112 to fund equipment for its Touchwood to Employment scheme, to help teach woodwork and carpentry skills to people with disabilities in the surrounding area.
Local sports clubs are also one of the first to benefit from the fund. Through a donation of £3,215 Thorne Rugby Club has been able to the replace floodlights in its outside training area, while a grant of £3,700 has enabled Thorne United Football Club to train their coaches and buy new kit and equipment for their youth sides.
In Ealand, the sixty year old Victory Hall which provides a place of leisure and recreation has received a donation of over £2,000 to help improve the buildings facilities, while over £1,200 has been granted to the Crowle and Ealand Regeneration Project to help with maintenance and running of the premises.
Sandra Stephens, Renewables Stakeholder Manager at E.ON, said: “We’re delighted to have supported so many worthwhile organisations in our first year of operation and hope the Tween Bridge Community Benefits Fund will be able to help many more local groups and charities in the years to come.”
More recently further awards have been granted - £5,000 to Bridging Generations, £3,240 to Moorlands Allotment Holders Association, £1,200 to Thorne Festival Committee, £1,247 to TMCRFM and £3,815 to Crowle Colts Junior Football Club.
The South Yorkshire Community Foundation has been working in local communities throughout the area since 1986 and administers the Tween Bridge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund. Organisations wishing to apply to the fund should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tween Bridge Wind Farm is located in Thorne, near Doncaster. The 22 turbine site is capable of providing the electricity needs of around 27,000 homes a year(1).