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£9.3m East Coast Community Fund open for applications

A new fund launched by DONG Energy, making available up to £9.3 million for community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Lincolnshire now open for applications.

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for DONG Energy's Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms, which are located off the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coast.

Each year, for the next 20 years, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year will be ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Details of how the skills fund is to be managed will be announced over the next few months.

Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy's UK Country Chairman, said: "DONG Energy is committed to supporting the local areas and communities where we operate and so I'm delighted this fund is now open to applications.

"We are proud of our place in this part of the country and we recently announced plans for a multi-million pound investment in Grimsby to create the UK's largest offshore wind operations and maintenance hub. This fund is another way we can make a difference locally."

The East Coast Community Fund will be managed for DONG Energy by the national grant-making charity GrantScape. Applications for grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 from the main fund are now invited from community groups, charities and other eligible organisations with projects located in the funding area. This stretches from Flamborough Head in Yorkshire to Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk.

Who can apply for funding:

The East Coast Community Fund will be managed and administered by the national grant-making Charity GrantScape.

Grants from the main fund will be available for projects and initiatives in the following categories:

There will be two application rounds each year. The first closing date for applications is March 15, 2017. Decisions on the first round of applications will be announced in June, 2017.

A detailed map, searchable by postcode and showing these areas is available on GrantScape's website, as are full details of how to apply for a grant

Lincolnshire Local Authorities and Lincolnshire CVS are working together to support Lincolnshire Organisations that are interested in applying.  LCVS and district authority funding and community development officers are available to advise and discuss individual project ideas.  Our contact details as Advisory Group Panel members are available on the GrantScape website.