Find out how Fullabrook Wind Farm has been supplying community cash
PUBLISHED: 11:37 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:37 21 April 2017
Fullabrook CIC is holding its AGM on April 26, with all welcome to find out more about the community garnt scehem
People are invited to find out more about the wave of grant cash that has sprung from the blades of the Fullabrook wind turbines.
Fullabrook CIC (Community Interest Company) is holding its Annual General Meeting at Marwood Community Hall on Wednesday, April 26 at 7pm.
All are welcome to the AGM, with people also invited to become members and the CIC is also seeking directors to help run it and decide grant applications.
The organisation was set up in 2011 to distribute the money paid by the wind farm to local good causes within a five kilometre radius of the turbines.
Since then it has shared more than £850,000 of grant funding, supporting a wide range of large and small grass roots projects in that time.
In 2016 the CIC offered £196,000 in funding across 34 applications.
It is proud to be supporting the Longbridge Wing of the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, Braunton BMX Club, Beaford Arts and Berrynarbor Manor Hall through its Main Grants Programme.
Smaller grants have been made to countless groups including surf life saving clubs, North Devon Voluntary Service, Citizens Advice Bureau, North Devon Sunrise Diversity Festival, and a wide variety of local grassroots projects.
The Very Small Grants option is for up to £250 and is intended as seed funding to help get new groups and projects started; Small Grants go up to £1,000 and the decision making process can be fast-tracked and the Main Grants stream applies for amounts over £1,000.
Some examples include Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton surf life-saving clubs receiving £1,400 toward a double ski, surf ski for beginners and surf boat respectively.
Braunton BMX Club has a £30,000 commitment toward helping to build a BMX track in the village.
North Devon Sunrise Diversity Festival has had a small grant of £1,000 toward the costs of the annual free event to celebrate diversity and Fullabrook CIC is supporting it again on July 8 this year.
Joshua Tree Joinery at Mullacott received £1,994 for a laser engraver. The social enterprise enables young adults with additional education needs to learn woodworking and furniture making skills.