A £10,000 fund is available for community projects to benefit people living in Wadebridge, St Kew, St Mabyn and Egloshayle.
The money comes from the Middle Treworder Solar Farm under a “Section 106” agreement made when it was given permission to go ahead, and is available as grants to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations and community groups in the area around the solar farm.
There will be one award of £5,000, one of £2,500, one of £1,000 and three (or possibly more) awards of up to £500 each to eligible organisations which apply by 31st August 2014.
The fund is administered by WREN, the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network, but all decisions about the awards will be made by an 11 person fund committee made up of representatives from Wadebridge Town Council, the Parish Councils of St Kew, St Mabyn and Egloshayle, the landowner and WREN.
The fund committee wishes to make grants for projects that will benefit children or young people, or people in fuel poverty or at risk of being so, and also to low carbon initiatives and climate change mitigation or adaptation projects.
Organisations must apply by 31st August 2014 using forms available from WREN, and the fund committee’s decisions will be announced by the end of September.
WREN director Tony Faragher said, “WREN is really pleased to be able to help run this fund. We are looking forward to receiving the applications – we know many groups and organisations have great ideas for projects that will be of real benefit to the local communities, but just need some financial help to get moving. We have made the application process as simple as we can because we don’t want to put anyone off by too much paperwork.”