The Sustainability Manager hosting a tour of the wind turbine

Community Benefit Fund

Giving back to the local community through the savings from our wind turbine

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The Community Benefits Fund awards local communities across the Lancaster District with grant funding for community-based and environmental projects.

The fund originated with the installation of the University's wind turbine in 2012. The wind turbine produces around 15% of the overall energy demand on campus each year and the Community Benefits Fund uses some of that benefit to engage with the local community and promote sustainable projects.

Each year, the fund allocates up to ?20,000 to Lancaster District-based not-for-profit organisations, charities, trusts, community groups or voluntary organisations to support sustainable projects, large and small. The funding really makes a difference to the local area, whether that's through funding new charging points for electric vehicles or contributing towards refurbishment projects to improve energy efficiency, the projects we fund vary in complexity and value.

Applications for the next round of funding are now open until Sunday 30 June 2024. Any Lancaster District-based trust, community group or voluntary organisation can apply to the fund.

Previous grant recipients

Each year great projects receive funding to help improve lives and the environment within the local community. Here's a look at some of the success stories over the years.