Latest windfarm grants announced

Two Frodsham projects are amongst the successful seven applications for the latest round of funding awarded by the Marshes Community Benefit Fund, which allocates community payments made by Frodsham Windfarm Ltd.

Frodsham Volleyball Club receives a further £1,129 to develop a 6-a-side team and our local theatre group, Frodsham Players, gets £1,953 for new LED lighting.

The application process attracted a lot of interest with seventeen applications, totalling just over £216,000 competing for a total of £72,000 of funding available in this round.
The independent Panel of local residents agreed to award £71,451 to seven projects in total which in the views of the Panel best met the requirements and objectives of the Community Benefit Fund.

The other five awards were:

  • £35,000 to Helsby High School towards the development of community netball courts which will also be available for other uses
  • £20,000 to Hornsmill Pre-School in Helsby for a footpath to improve pedestrian access from the A56 Chester Road, taking pressure off parking requirements at the school and surrounding areas
  • £10,000 to Alvanley Cricket Club to partial fund new practice nets
  • £1,269 to Radiate Arts, a community interest company, for table top easels and an iPad for delivering their ‘Feel Great…Create’ art projects campaign involving primary school pupils and care homes for the elderly in the Fund area
  • £2,100 to Helsby Community Association for improvements to the disabled toilets at the Community Centre & Library.

Dianne Walker (Panel Chairman) explained that Panel members thought the standard of applications was high and it was a difficult choice. However, the Panel feels that the projects awarded funding will significantly benefit the residents in the areas surrounding the Frodsham Wind Farm. The small remainder of the funds available in this round, but not allocated to projects, will be carried forward in reserves.

First round projects from 2017 are now reaching completion with photographs and reports on their progress available on the Marshes Community Benefit Fund web-site, Twitter and Facebook page.

Applications for the next round of funds will re-open on 1 June 2018 and close on 31st August 2018.