Woolley Hill Wind Farm Community Fund

The 10MW wind farm at Woolley Hill Farm delivers green electricity for up to 8,000 UK homes

From 2015 the developer of the wind farm is making contributions over the lifetime of the wind farm into the Woolley Hill Farm Community Fund.

Notes for Applicants

Applications for funding are invited from not for profit constituted groups (not individuals) delivering charitable projects with public benefit for residents in the following 7 Parishes

Alconbury; Alconbury Weston; Barham and Woolley; Buckworth; Easton; Ellington; Spaldwick

Organisations must have three or more independent people on their management committee, an up to date Equality Policy, a bank account with two or more independent signatures and a Safeguarding Policy if working with either children and/or vulnerable adults. If groups need help with the preparation of any of these documents or their constitution, please contact CCF who will put you in touch with Hunts Forum, the local Council for Voluntary Service.

If the group is an unincorporated voluntary body or not-for-profit Limited Company with an annual income over £5,000, it will need to be one of the recognised not-for-profit structures we support listed below, before applying for a grant:

  • Registered Charity
  • Exempt Charity
  • Excepted Charity
  • Parish Council
  • Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • Community Amateur Sports Club

If the group is a registered charity its submissions to the Charity Commission must be up-to-date.

Grants will be offered normally in the range of £250 to £5,000, although in exceptional circumstances higher sums may be considered.

Grants will not be made retrospectively so no commitment for expenditure should be made before the date of the grant offer letter. Funding will not be provided to support projects promoting political or religious views, for sponsored events or to cover expenditure considered to be a statutory responsibility. Grants will not normally be given to projects primarily concerned with animal welfare, medical research and equipment, or overseas travel.

Funded projects

Grants awarded in 2017 are listed below:

Alconbury C of E Primary School received £5,000 to provide an interactive whiteboard and IT equipment for use by the wider community during training and events held in the community room and £2,500 to upgrade the provision of ICT equipment in order to ensure all pupils can receive high quality computing lessons.

Alconbury Parish Council received a £3,500 grant to enhance the children's playground at Bramble End by installing a small roundabout.

Spaldwick Carpet Bowls Club received £4,050 to provide replacement carpet bowls equipment, scoring frames, and a winding machine.

Alconbury Recreation Field Charity received £2,400 to purchase a new set of full size self weighted goals for use by Alconbury Football teams and £3,000 towards the purchase of a new roller.

Ellington Playing Fields Association received £3,000 towards the purchase of an open walled shelter with benches for public use.

All Saints Church PCC, Buckworth received £3,000 to replace the lead roof on north aisle of Church.

Buckworth Parish Council received £900 to replace old and dangerous scrapped seating, increase the spring, summer and autumn usage and provide extra capacity for larger village events.

Alconburys Youth Club received £1,460 to purchase a number of key items of entertainment and education equipment to ensure the ongoing viability of the Club.

Playtimes Playgroup received £5,000 to replace the main grass area with astro-turf to enable year round use.

Ellington Parish Council received £1,500 to re-roof the village hall.