Successful projects from the third round of applications for funding are revealed.

A diverse range of community projects have been awarded just over £71,000 in the third round of awards since the Marshes Community Benefit Fund was established.

The Marshes Community Benefit Fund (MCBF) Panel reveals the projects which have been awarded funding from the annual £120,000 community payments made by Frodsham Windfarm Limited.

The application process attracted a lot of interest with seventeen applications, totalling just over £216,000 competing for a total of £72,000 of funding available in this round. The independent Panel of local residents agreed to award £71,451 to seven projects which in the views of the Panel best met the requirements and objectives of the Community Benefit Fund.

The successful applicants are:

  • Helsby High School were awarded £35,000 towards the development of community netball courts which will also be available for other uses.
  • Hornsmill Pre-School in Helsby receive £20,000 for a footpath to improve pedestrian access from the A56 Chester Road, taking pressure off parking requirements at the school and surrounding areas.
  • Alvanley Cricket Club will receive partial funding of £10,000 towards new practice nets.
  • Radiate Arts, a CIC, were awarded £1,269 for table top easels and an Ipad for delivering their ‘Feel Great...Create’ art projects campaign involving primary school pupils and care homes for the elderly in the Fund area.
  • Helsby Community Association were awarded £2,100 for improvements to the disabled toilets at the Community Centre & Library.
  • Frodsham Volleyball Club were awarded a further £1,129 to develop a 6-a-side team
  • Frodsham Players, a local theatre group, £1,953 will receive for new LED lighting.

Dianne Walker (Panel Chairman) explained that Panel members thought the standard of applications was high and it was a diificult choice. However, the Panel feels that the projects awarded funding will significantly benefit the residents in the areas surrounding the Frodsham Wind Farm.

The Panel members will be monitoring the projects as they develop to ensure they meet the objectives set out in the signed agreements. The small remainder of the funds available in this round, but not allocated to projects, will be carried forward in reserves. Projects that were not awarded funding in this round have also been notified. Eligible schemes that were unsuccessful in this round may reapply for future rounds.

Dianne Walker also commented that the First round projects from 2017 are now reaching completion with photographs and reports on their progress available on the Marshes Community Benefit Fund website, Twitter and Facebook page.

For details of the Fund and information on the application process you can visit the website www.marshescbf.uk applications for the next round of funds will re-open on 1st June 2018 and close on 31st August 2018.

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