New funding to save the Bay's birds secured

Fri, 2019-04-05 16:55
Ørsted Announces Latest Round of Grants for the Community

Morecambe Bay Partnership  is delighted to announce that it is one of the winners of the latest round of applications to the Ørsted funded Walney Extension Community Fund. Sixteen lucky groups will each receive a share of the just over £253,000 windfall available in the latest round of the Fund.

Jenny Wain, Morecambe Bay Partnerships Development Officer, said:

“Morecambe Bay Partnership is thrilled to be awarded a grant from Walney Extension Community Fund. It will enable us to do more for the Bay's amazing birds. Morecambe Bay is in the UK's top 3 places for birds. Despite this, birds are seriously threatened, with numbers plummeting by 50% for many priority species. With this funding we will support communities to become Natural Ambassadors so they can protect oystercatchers, curlews, dunlin, knot and other birds at every day places around the Bay, making sure that their evocative calls continue be heard by all.”

Since the Fund launched in 2016 over £1.5M has now been committed to community and environmental projects located in coastal communities of Cumbria and Lancashire near the wind farm.

The full list of organisations awarded grants from Round 6 of the Fund are as follows:

  • Barrow Citizens Advice Bureau - £16,544
  • Christ Church Thornton Community Centre - £21,348
  • Crake Valley Croquet Club - £17,500
  • Cumbria Youth Alliance, Millom Activate Project - £5,000
  • Every Life Matters, Suicide Safe Barrow - £13,254
  • Global Link (Lancaster) – £16,885
  • Hindpool Tigers ARLFC, Community Coaching - £1,000
  • Home-Start Morecambe and Lancaster - £29,671
  • Kirby-in-Furness Community Centre - £30,000
  • Levens Playing Field Committee - £26,000
  • Marsh Community Centre SHOUT - £7,804
  • Marvellous Holiday Club, Barrow - £4,500
  • Morecambe Bay Partnership, Saving the Bay’s Birds - £28,810
  • RAIS Lancaster - £8,200
  • Ulverston Inshore Rescue - £5,000
  • West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Bootle Village Flood Management - £22,084

Imran Nawaz, Ørsted Stakeholder Adviser, said:

“Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the incredible array of deserving projects and organisations. It’s always a pleasure to see the enthusiasm and passion for the local community which comes across in all the applications we receive and we are delighted to support such worthwhile causes.” 

The Fund is made possible by Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) which has constructed the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Walney Extension, off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. Each year, approximately £600,000 will be made available for community projects for the expected 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.

The sixteen groups above join a list of 75 other community groups that have already benefitted from the Fund.

More information about what MBP will be delivering via this funding boost will be available shortly on this website.

 

 

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