16 June 2024

Yorkshire Energy Park launches community fund

Yorkshire Energy Park is to launch a new annual £20,000 Community Fund aimed at supporting local groups and charities in South West Holderness.

Administered by long-standing local charity Hull CVS, the fund will make available grants of between £500 to £5,000 to groups operating within the South West Holderness ward.

The YEP Community Fund will consider applications for projects that promote greener living and create better environments, such as community planting projects or nature trails; inspire people to learn and undertake training, such as free training courses or advice sessions for residents; or improve the local community, such as events, support for local sports teams and groups, and encouraging volunteering.

Organisations can apply for the fund until April 30. Additional rounds will open later in the year, subject to money still being available.

To mark the launch, Yorkshire Energy Park is inviting interested groups in South West Holderness to a launch event on Thursday, March 30, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, at the Hedon Scout Hall in Sheriff Highway.

The event will provide an opportunity for local groups to meet representatives from Yorkshire Energy Park and Hull CVS to learn more about the fund and to network with other local charitable groups to showcase their projects and the work they are doing locally.

Hull CVS will be on hand to offer support on governance, volunteering and training. Representatives from ward and parish councils as well as funding panels will also be invited.

Andrew Reynolds, project director for the Yorkshire Energy Park, said: “We are proud to be part of the local community in South West Holderness. The launch of the Yorkshire Energy Park Community Fund demonstrates our ongoing commitment to that thriving community, while we continue to push forward the development of the energy park itself.

“We are excited by the opportunity to help community groups continue their vital work amid ever-increasing pressures and challenges. We would encourage local groups to come along to the launch event to learn more about YEP, the Community Fund and how we can work together.”

Matthew Wright, head of community development at Hull CVS, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for not-for-profit groups operating in the South West Holderness area to access funding to support local delivery.

“I am delighted that we’ll be able to support groups in accessing these funds that improve the environment, offer opportunities to learn, and events or activity that bring local people together.”

To apply, visit meetingnewhorizons.co.uk/hwer/yorkshire-energy-park-application-form.