Wind Farm “windfalls” total £71,451

SEVEN local organisations were awarded a total of £71,451 in the latest round of funding awarded by the Marshes Community Benefit Fund, which allocated payments made by Frodsham Windfarm Ltd.
A total of 17 organisations applied for grants totalling more than £216,000, competing for £72,000 available in this round.
The largest award, £35,000, went to Helsby High School towards the development of community netball courts, which will also be available for other uses.
An award of £20,000 went to Hornsmill Primary School, Helsby, for a footpath to improve pedestrian access from the A56 Chester Road to relieve parking issues at the school.
Alvanley Cricket Club received an award of £10,000 towards the cost of new practice nets.
An award of £2,100 went to Helsby Community Association for improvements to the disabled toilets at the community centre and library.
Amateur theatre group Frodsham Players received £1,953 for new LED lighting and Radiate Arts, a community interest company, received £1,269 for table top easels and an iPad for delivering their “Feel Great…Create” art projects involving primary school pupils and care home residents.
Frodsham Volleyball Club received £1,129 to develop a six-a-side team.
Community Benefit Fund panel chairman Dianne Walker said the standard of applications had been high and the panel had been forced to make difficult choices.
But it was felt the successful projects would significantly benefit the residents in the areas surrounding the Frodsham Wind Farm. The small remainder of the funds available in this round, but not allocated to projects, would be carried forward in reserves.
Applications for the next round of funding will open on June 1 and close on August 31.

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