RWE – Renewable Energy in North Wales — January 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm — Updated: January 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm

New Year Windfall for North Wales Charities   

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Gwynt y Môr is the world’s second largest offshore wind farm, operated by RWE Innogy It provides funding to help build cohesive, sustainable communities, reduce poverty and inequality, and assist in generating strong economic growth

Communities across North Wales are cashing in on the latest Gwynt y Môr Wind Farm windfall. Awards totalling £58,595 will be made from the wind farm’s community fund to 12 not-for-profit groups based in coastal areas of Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire.

Decisions are made by a community panel, made up of local volunteers who bring a wealth of insider knowledge to the process. Each grant application is scrutinised against key questions:

  • Is this good value for money?
  • Does this application support the Gwynt y Môr fund themes to build cohesive, sustainable communities, support economic growth reducing poverty and inequality and generate strong economic growth?
  • What is the community benefit? Does the application benefit across a wide section of the community?
  • How does the application link to other activity in the area?

In this round of awards, 12 local groups will each receive different sized grants of up to £10,000.

These include a £9,440 grant to Rhyl’s Men’s Shed, a group of local men who volunteer to work on community projects in the area. The funding will support the installation of a new kitchen at their venue. This will double up as a food preparation training facility.  Other community groups such as the local Parent and Toddler Group, Youth Group and Residents Group would also benefit from these improved facilities.

Turn 2US, a charity which helps address poverty in North Wales, also received £6,891 from the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund. The money will enable the charity to deliver four presentations and subsequently eight training workshops to teach staff working in a range of agencies how to use and promote an online system to check and access entitlements or grants to reduce family poverty and raise household incomes.
Paul Cowling, Managing Director of RWE Innogy UK said:

“A further £58,000 cash injection in North Wales will surely have a positive impact. I am proud to be a part of this force of good which is empowering local organisations to continue with their critical work.”

The fund is independently managed by Community & Voluntary Support Conwy (CVSC) in cooperation with Denbighshire and Flintshire Voluntary Services Councils. An independent advisory panel is in place, comprising of community representatives from Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire as well as independent experts. There is no deadline for applications.

Further information about the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund can be found by going to www.gwyntymorfund.cymru or on Twitter @gwyntymorcf or on www.facebook.com/gwyntymor/ Alternatively groups are welcome to contact CVSC on 01492 534091.

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