29th Aug 2018

The EDF Renewables Barmoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund at the Community Foundation supports projects that enrich local life for people that live within a 10-km radius of the wind farm in Northumberland.

One project to benefit is Wooler Tennis Club, which recently completed a major resurfacing project thanks to a grant of £4,000.

Jo Gidlow, Chair of Wooler Tennis Club says: “We are very grateful for the kind support from the Community Foundation, EDF Energy Renewables and many others, who have enabled our club to resurface both of our community tennis courts. The two courts were last resurfaced in 2003 and were in a poor condition due to subsidence and tree roots growing underneath the courts. We’re delighted that this is no longer an issue, and we can focus on our community coaching lessons for young and older people, encouraging them to become more active. Tennis is a much-loved British pastime, and with our newly resurfaced court offer a fantastic fun activity for our local community.”

Paul Prescott-Clements, Asset Manager at EDF Renewables adds: “EDF Renewables cares passionately about the communities in the area that we operate. We set up a grants programme with the Community Foundation in 2015 with the aim of giving back as effectively as possible. We are delighted to reach groups in the heart of our community who need support such as Wooler Tennis Club, and encourage more charities and community groups to apply in the future.”

Pete Barrett is Senior Programme Advisor at the Community Foundation and leads on community benefit funds. “The EDF Renewables Barmoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is a wonderful opportunity for groups and charities to receive funding," he explains. "Priority goes to those within a 5-km radius and applications for support could include maintaining and upgrading village halls, help with access to community facilities, providing vital funds to cover running costs for community groups, or supporting projects that add value to the public.”

The Fund will announce its next round of recipients soon. However, groups are urged to make a general application to the Community Foundation at any time should they need funding to help them deliver services that enrich local life.

For more information about the general grants programme at the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply.

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