The Windfall Fund has been established from proceeds from the Hyndburn wind farm on Oswaldtwistle Moor. It is the community benefit fund provided by EnergieKontor, the wind farm developer. The wind farm became operational in November 2012 and The PROSPECTS Foundation secured an agreement with EnergieKontor to manage the Fund on their behalf for the lifetime of the wind farm. This means money is available for environmental projects in Hyndburn for at least the next 15 - 20 years!
The Windfall Fund itself was launched in April 2013 and since then we have held 29 funding rounds for Small and Large projects and funded 109 projects. 53 Mini projects have also received funding. In total we have awarded over £700,000 in grants to local community groups in Hyndburn for environmental projects. In terms of our Themes of Sustainability we have funded 33 x Environmental Awareness; 51 x Improving Biodiversity; 9 x Waste & Recycling; 12 x Energy Saving, 49 x Local Food and 8 x Sustainable Travel projects.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: In response to the Coronavirus crisis we have amended some of the criteria for the Windfall Fund. Please check the 'Apply for the Windfall Fund' page before you apply.
To see if there are any funded projects near you just click on
If you have an idea for a project then contact Alison, the Windfall Fund Manager, for further advice and details on 01254 230348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and use the relevant online application form
We also run visits for schools and other community groups to have a look round the wind farm, to get up close and personal with the wind turbines and look at the moorland management that has been taking place on Oswaldtwistle Moor to improve this valuable habitat. If this is something you would be interested in then please just get in touch with Alison.
The Windfall Annual Reports are available to download or view online. Just click on the relevant year below.
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