Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Tallentire Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund provides grants to support community, educational or environmental activities.
Stephen Moore said: “The members of Tallentire Cricket Club are pleased and grateful to have received a grant from the Tallentire Wind Farm Fund through Cumbria Community Foundation.
“This will be used to buy new equipment over the winter so that we shall be ready to go at the start of next season. Our club plays friendly matches against other villages and teams of similar standard on weekday evenings throughout the spring and summer. It is becoming harder to find sufficient opponents to provide a full fixture list for the season so if there are any other similar teams looking for a game, we should be glad to hear from them. We are doing our best to keep village cricket alive in this area.”
The six turbines at Tallentire Wind Farm began operating in summer 2013. RES established a community benefit fund with an initial £175,000 and around £30,000 annually for the lifetime of the wind farm. More than £300,000 has already been awarded to the communities neighbouring the Tallentire Wind Farm: Bridekirk, Blindcrake, Gilcrux and Plumbland.
Gary Higgs, Grant Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “The fund provides a valuable, long term, sustainable and reliable source of income for the local communities that neighbour Tallentire Wind Farm. It is flexible funding that can address what is really important to communities and we’re delighted to administer this funding which has been making a difference to the communities surrounding the Wind Farm.”
Cumbria Community Foundation was appointed by RES to manage the community fund. The Foundation works with communities to help them decide how funds should be allocated. Using its grant making expertise, the Foundation supports the community awarding grants that deliver a lasting impact.
Applications for funding must be received by Friday 6th December 2019 for a decision on 8th January 2020. For more information on the Tallentire Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund or to apply online, please visit www.cumbriafoundation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.