Applications are now open for the Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund.
Purpose of the Fund
- This local community benefit fund was set up by Gaelectric in 2016 and is now managed by CGN Europe – a wind energy and energy storage company that believes in a sustainable future. GCN is committed to ensuring that their wind farms, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, also provide significant economic benefits to the local community.
- The Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund is available to local community projects within 6 miles of the Dunbeg Wind Farm site which is located between Limavady and Coleraine.
The Fund welcomes applications from community and voluntary groups that address the following areas:
- Community cohesion and engagement;
- Energy efficiency and sustainability;
- Social, cultural or sporting benefit for the local community;
- Training and education;
- Environmental benefit;
- Economic benefit.
- Grants of up to £ 7,500 are available
What they can’t fund?
- The Foundation will not fund organizations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to their purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to their purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in their investment policy. They will not therefore fund organizations or activities which they determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.
- Funding for retrospective project costs
- Projects or activity that promote or advance religion
- Promotion of religious or political activity, including any flags and emblems that may deem to be associated with such
- Organizations whose purposes include the advancement of religion.
- The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972
- The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976
- Organizations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. They will not support organizations that advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion
- General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications
- The provision of services that are the primary and legal responsibility of the state
- Input VAT reclaimable from HMRC
- Payments reimbursed or to be reimbursed by other public or private sector funding
- Contributions in kind (ie a contribution in goods or services, as opposed to money)
- Depreciation, amortization or impairment of fixed Assets owned by the group
- Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)
- Gifts to individuals other than promotional items with a value of no more than £ 25 a year to any one individual
- Entertaining (entertaining for this purpose means anything that would be a taxable benefit to the person being entertained, according to current UK tax regulations)
- Statutory fines, criminal fines or penalties
- Liabilities incurred before the issue of an award
- Use in respect of costs reimbursed or to be reimbursed by funding from any other source
- Use of funding to top up reserves of your group
- In addition Dunbeg Community Benefit Fund will not support:
- Applications from statutory organizations
- Salaried posts
- Trips abroad
- Activities that duplicate existing services.
For more information, visit https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/dunbeg-community-benefit-fund/