Turbine fund boosts 10 more local projects

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Lancaster University’s wind turbine is not only cutting carbon emissions, it is helping a wide range of local community and environmental projects through the Wind Turbine Community Benefits Fund.

The second round of funding, which equates to £20,000, has been awarded to 10 local community projects.

Following their applications the successful projects to be allocated funding are:

*Fairfield Association (Friends of Triangle Group) - Aldcliffe Road Triangle – Installation of removable bollards to control parking and improve pedestrian safety and access

*Broadband for the Rural North – Broadband for Ellel and Scotforth Turbine Area (B4ESTA) installation Project

*Friends of Greaves Park – Greaves Park Improvements Project

*Lancaster Green Spaces – Carr House Lane Hedge Laying and hedge laying training

*Lancaster Boys & Girls Club – Lighting Up Project – installation of energy efficient lighting

*Lancaster Local Quaker Meeting (Friends Meeting House) - Roof Insulation Project

*Quernmore Recreation Club - Installation of Solar Panels

*Shrewsbury Drive Allotment Association – Compost Toilet Project

*North Lancashire Community Land Trust – De Vitre Community Gardens Project

*Claver Hill Group – Growing Success Project - Installation of poly tunnels to support community food growing project.

“We were pleased to receive so many applications for the second round of funding from such a great range of projects,” said Jonathan Mills, environment and sustainability manager at Lancaster University.

“The projects will benefit the local environment by helping improve or establish community spaces, reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions or support rural and community development projects.”

Applications for the third round of funding from the Community Benefit Fund will be accepted from October to December 2015. Community and Voluntary groups can apply directly, or proposals could be made to parish councils, who can apply to the fund.

Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from Lancaster University’s Community Benefits Fund webpage http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/sustainability/community-benefits-fund

The Community Benefits Fund has been developed to share the benefit of the wind turbine with local communities in south Lancaster area by providing grant funding for community and environmental projects.