Community funds help provide funding for a range of social, cultural or sporting projects in our local area. These might be run, for example, by youth groups, neighbourhood groups, charities, sports clubs, schools, churches, arts groups, or by those helping vulnerable people.
WREN currently administers four funds, totaling over £70,000, that have been generated by local renewable installations, whether solar or wind. These funds are a result of Section 106 commitments made by developers when planning consent was given, or an equivalent voluntary commitment. They are restricted to organisations in specific towns or parishes, those in the vicinity of the installation.
Decisions on who should receive grants are not made by WREN, but by a committee or panel, drawn from the relevant parishes or towns. Panel members may include local councillors, staff from WREN and people independent of both councils and WREN.
In September 2014 the Middle Treworder Community Fund made its first awards totalling £10,000. The Middle Treworder Community Fund will run on an annual basis for 20 years with £10,000 uprated annually for inflation. It is available to organisations in Wadebridge town, and St Kew, St Mabyn and Egloshayle parishes.
In May 2015, the first awards were made from Pengelly CE Wind Ltd. £10,000 per year of funding for community groups is available to voluntary and community groups in the St Breock and Wadebridge areas.
In March 2016 the first awards were made from the St. Breock Wind Farm Community Fund which has an annual value of £50,000 plus inflation for 20 years. This is available to projects which benefit people in St Breock, Withiel, St. Wenn, Wadebridge, Egloshayle, St. Issey and St. Columb.
The fourth fund is from Wadebridge Energy Company’s solar installation at Nanstallon, established by WREN, which supplies all its electricity to the neighbouring South West Water sewage treatment works. This is worth £500 a year to Lanivet parish, which has decided to use it for the village of Nanstallon. It will open for the first time on 1st June 2017.
All the Community Funds are publicly advertised in the local press, on the WREN website and through WREN Newsletters sent out to Members and other interested parties.
In earlier years, when WREN made a surplus from its activities, it used this for its own community fund, with beneficiaries chosen by WREN members casting their votes. £5,000 was distributed in 2012 and again in 2013.
Click here to see which fund is currently open and previous fund awards.
Fund dates for 2017 Awards
|Fund||Open||Close||Decisions made by|
|St Breock||1st Dec 2016||17th Feb 2017||End of March 2017|
|Pengelly||1st Apr 2017||31st May 2017||End of June 2017|
|Nanstallon||1st Apr 2017||31st May 2017||End of June 2017|
|Treworder||1st July 2017||31st Aug 2017||End of September 2017|