The first wind farm in the Leeds area is set to generate funds for the surrounding community.
Community groups, environmental projects and voluntary organisations in the areas around the Hook Moor wind farm are being invited to apply for grants from the benefits fund linked to it.
The £14m site is based near the A1/M1 link at Micklefield and is set to start generating green energy soon.
Banks Renewables, part of The Banks Group, will provide around £10,000 every year of community funding from a pot linked to its Hook Moor wind farm, or around £250,000 over the scheme’s 25-year lifespan.
A funding committee has already been drawn together which includes representatives of Leeds City Council, Aberford Parish Council and Micklefield Residents Association, with support from a dedicated fund manager from the Banks Community Fund team.
Eligibility for funding is normally restricted to projects and activities within Aberford and Micklefield, with a maximum grant of £3,000 available, but projects outside these areas may be eligible if they can be shown to benefit people living within them.
The first tranche of funding will become available once the Hook Moor wind farm, which is expected to start generating green energy before the end of the year, is fully operational.
Lewis Stokes, development relations coordinator at the Banks Group, said: “The Hook Moor wind farm has been designed to have a substantial long-term impact on the facilities available for local people through the community fund linked to the energy it will produce. We are keen to start finding out from local people how they think this money can best be used.”
Applicants should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 3786342. See www.banksgroup.co.uk for more information.