Investing in the Community

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The local community will benefit from community funding that will run throughout the lifetime of the wind farm, brining over £250,000 of investment to the area annually.

A new Community Interest Company is being established which will run the fund. Following a review of the findings of the consultation with the local community carried out by Community Action Northumberland, Ray Wind Farm Community Fund Community Profile Report, the priorities for the Fund have been established, with three key strands to its work:

A charitable grants scheme – the Vattenfall Ray Wind Farm Small Grants Programme. Click here for further information

The improvement of infrastructure to support the social and economic sustainability of the area  –  such as internet, mobile phone coverage and community transport.

A legacy fund to maintain the benefit to the area long after the support from the Wind Farm operator has ceased.



Ray Wind Farm Community Fund – Information Events

The fund is due to commence mid-2017 and will run for the lifespan of the wind farm, which is expected to be 20 – 25 years.

Following a detailed local consultation, in which the local community within 10km of the wind farm shared their views on the fund, Vattenfall appointed a Steering Group of local representatives, tasked with ensuring that the fund is used to provide the greatest possible benefit for local people; working across Parish Council boundaries and with local organisations.

A series of information events are now being held so that you can find out more about progress, have your say on the priorities that are emerging, and find out how you can apply for funds.

Tuesday 4 April 2017

4pm to 8pm

Kirkharle Courtyard, NE19 2PE

Thursday 6 April 2017

4pm to 8pm

Elsdon Village Hall, NE19 1AB

Register now

Pete Barrett, Senior Programme Advisor, at the Community Foundation

on or telephone 0191 222 0945

Construction Surgery – Meet the team!

Health and safety for site users and site workers

We are holding the following construction surgery for anyone who would like to find out more about the progress of the construction programme, raise any queries or concerns. Please come along and meet the construction team – we would be delighted to see you.

When: Tuesday 31st May, 5pm – 7pm
Where: Kirkwhelpington Memorial Hall, Kirkwhelpington, NE19 2RT

For more information contact: E
T 01434 611300

Ray Wind Farm Community Fund Steering Group – Get Involved

Ideas review

We are in the process of forming a steering group of local people from Bavington, Birtley, Corsenside, Elsdon and Kirkwhelpington. Working alongside Vattenfall, the role of this group will be to develop a vision for the community fund, drawing on the findings of the consultation, and to establish appropriate governance to manage the fund once it opens in early 2017. It is envisaged that the steering group will be made up with members ideally from each of the parishes in the immediate areas around the wind farm: Bavington, Birtley, Corsenside, Elsdon and Kirkwhelpington. Anyone from these five parishes, interested in joining the steering group can find out more from the Community Action Northumberland website here. Anyone wanting to get in touch about the Ray Wind Farm Community Fund can do so by emailing Julia Plinston from Community Action Northumberland: or by calling her on 01670 517178.