Grants of up to £6,000 for community projects within 5 miles of Burnthouse Wind Farm in Fenland.

Grants are available for charitable projects benefiting local communities in the parishes listed below. Eligible projects may be supported if they demonstrably benefit a material proportion of the local community living in “the area of benefit”- a radius of 5km from the wind farm.

The following parishes are eligible for Burnthouse Wind Farm grants:

  • Benwick
  • Coates
  • Doddington
  • Eastrea
  • March
  • Turves
  • Wimblington
  • Whittlesey

2023 Update – Burnthouse Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund – Help for Village Halls and Community Centres to survive the energy crisis

Village Halls and Community Centres that are operating not for profit in the eligible areas of March, Whittlesey, Benwick, Wimblington, Doddington, Coates, Turves and Eastrea and and can provide a quote/ estimate for their energy bill, can now apply for of 50% of that quote or £4,000 maximum to help with the costs of heating and running those facilities.

Applications would be received for 1st February deadline 2023 and will receive an outcome by the end of May 2023.

This is a temporary measure to try and alleviate the pressure on these community buildings that might not otherwise survive this crisis and risk being lost to their local communities for good. It will be reviewed in 1 year’s time.

Pllease ignore the fact that the application form says up to £3,499 and apply for up to £4,000.

To support this fund

If you wish to add your support to help the John Stewart Memorial Fund please send a bank cheque or CAF payable to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Hangar One, The Airport, Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8TG. If you wish to arrange a BACS transfer, please contact CCF for details.

Alternatively, online donations can be made on the John Stewart Memorial Fund page on the website. Thank you for your support.

Case Study

The John Stewart Memorial Fund made a grant of £1,875 to the You Can Bike Too project.

You Can is an innovative Cambridge based, user-led organisation providing disabled and disadvantaged people with support, training and access to resources to enable them to take more control of their own lives and make a contribution to their community by reducing their own social exclusion and being strong visible role models for inclusion

The You Can Bike Too project is an all ability cycling opportunity being developed by and for people with and without disabilities at Milton Country Park. The You Can team wanted to cycle but couldn’t find the right bikes or location locally, so they decided to do something about it

The John Stuart Memorial Fund awarded the project a grant to buy a new Tom Cat Trike. The specially trike is a very exciting addition to the total of 7 bikes and go kart that are available for hire from the You Can Bike Too project at Milton Country Park – £5 per bike, per hour.

On Sunday 24th March 2013 Catherine Stewart, widow of John, visited Milton County Park to see meet some of the You Can Bike Too team and to see the new trike in action.

Examples of Funded Projects

Young People March received £1,000 to run sports and healthy living sessions for 11 to 18 year olds to educate them about healthier lifestyles.

Whittlesey Methodist UR Church received £500 to provide specially adapted transport for isolated older people to attend a ‘Holiday at Home scheme .

Benwick Parish Council received £762 to improve the surroundings of their War Memorial by installing a new bench.

Wimblington Parish Council received £2,790 to acquire defibrillators for their village to use.

Whittlesey Wind Ensemble received £500 towards purchase of new music pieces in order to improve skills of ensemble members.

Who can apply?
Not-for-profit organisations

Maximum grant

Eligible area
Parishes of Benwick, Coates, Doddington, Eastrea, March, Turves, Wimblington, Whittlesey

1st February, 1st August

Apply for a Grant