Following an extensive consultation, in which the local community within 10km of the wind farm shared their views on the fund, Vattenfall appointed a Steering Group of local representatives, tasked with ensuring that the fund is used to provide the greatest possible benefit for local people.
The findings were published in the Ray Wind Farm Community Fund Community Profile Report. A review of the findings has set the priorities for the Fund, these are:
- The Ray Wind Farm Small Grants programme - this fund is now open the Programme, is being managed on Vattenfall’s behalf by the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, and a panel made up of members of the local community will recommend the grant awards. Click here for further information.
- The improvement of infrastructure to support the social and economic sustainability of the area, such as internet, mobile phone coverage and community transport. A separate £172,000 annual fund is to be managed by a local Community Interest Company which hopes to be up and running later this year.
- A legacy fund to maintain the benefit to the area long after the support from the Wind Farm operator has ceased.