Crook Hill Community Benefit Fund Criteria

Important Covid-19 Update

In response to the current global Covid-19 emergency, the eligibility criteria for the Fund has been temporarily changed to help groups adapt should the situation continue and recover as the crisis passes. Temporary changes to the funding criteria:

• Priority will not be given to groups able to provide match funding.
• Re-application restrictions have been lifted. Groups that were awarded a grant in 2020 may re-apply.

The changes relate to applications received to the 2021 closing date only. All other criteria will remain unchanged.

To be reviewed for subsequent application deadlines.

Fund Overview

The Vantage Infrastructure Crook Hill Wind Farm project is committed to providing an annual Community Benefit Fund of approximately £35,000 for community projects.

The Fund will allow groups to apply for grants between £250 and £10,000. There will be a single application round each year.

For applications of over £2,000, priority will be given to groups that can demonstrate they will be making a contribution towards the project. This might be cash from the group, a grant from another fund that has been secured or a pending grant application. It could also be a gift in-kind of labour and / or materials. (NOT APPLICABLE FOR APPLICATIONS IN 2021)

Project Location

Projects for which grants are requested must be located within the defined funding area. A map showing the funding area can be viewed by clicking here.

Priority will be given to projects located within the inner 4km boundary.

Project Purpose

The Fund is open to any community project which is for the benefit of residents of the local area.

The Fund will provide both capital (e.g. materials, equipment) and revenue (e.g. staff and running costs) funding.

Some examples of the type of projects the Fund will support are given below:

  • Projects to improve public amenities e.g. community halls, sports facilities
  • Footpath works
  • Environmental and wildlife projects including projects to improve public parks and open spaces
  • Activities / events to engage the local community
  • Energy efficiency or renewable energy projects, such as insulation, efficient boilers or small scale renewable energy installations at community amenities.

The above list is not exhaustive and is provided to give ideas only.

Eligible Organisations:

Eligible Organisations, who can apply for funding include:

  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Parish and Town Councils
  • Local Authorities (if they are applying on behalf of a community organisation and they are delivering a project that has come directly from the community)
    Note – evidence that projects are community driven may be required
  • Charities (delivering local services)
  • Schools and educational establishments (delivering projects outside the LEA requirements)
  • Social enterprises (including credit unions, co-operatives, social firms, community owned enterprises, community interest companies and development trusts) provided they operate on a not-for-profit basis.

Applicants need to have a written constitution, a set of rules, or a governing document and a bank or building society account held in the name of the organisation in place before applying for a grant.

Successful applicants are not able to reapply for another grant within a 12 month period. (NOT APPLICABLE FOR APPLICATIONS IN 2021)


Grants will not be available for:

  • Commercial organisations.
  • Private membership-based sports clubs and facilities unless membership is open to the general public without undue restriction (e.g. not membership by nomination organisations or with restrictive charges).
  • Projects that only benefit one individual.
  • Projects that are narrowly religious in focus or that support a party political campaign.
  • Retrospective funding, i.e. projects that have already been completed, whether or not already paid for.
  • Works considered a statutory responsibility, such as scheduled transport services, works to public highways and public car parks.
Judging Criteria

The main criteria used when assessing applications received will be:

  • The social, economic and environmental benefits which will result from the project.
  • The level of community support for and involvement in the project.

Other factors will also be considered which must be demonstrated in the application:

  • The ability of the applicant to deliver the project.
  • How the work will be continued after the project has been completed i.e. its sustainability and legacy.
  • Value for money.
  • For applications above £2,000, does the application demonstrate any contribution towards the project by the applicant organisation, for example match funding or a gift in-kind of labour and / or materials. (NOT APPLICABLE FOR APPLICATIONS IN 2021)

If, after reading the above, you are confident that your project meets the criteria, please click Next, below: