In October 2012, it was announced that Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited would establish a Community Support Fund to help community initiatives around the substation and along the onshore cable route and, if appropriate, elsewhere in Norfolk.
The aim of the Dudgeon Community Fund in 2016 and the early months of 2017 is to support a wide range of charitable, voluntary and community activities in communities that are directly impacted by the onshore construction activities associated with the infrastructure and operations base of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. The Fund will also support projects which improve community infrastructure in these communities.
Applications can be accepted from parish councils, charities, voluntary and community groups and schools. Churches may also apply but only for projects which focus on community activities.
During 2016, the Dudgeon Community Fund is being administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation; further details can be found at www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/dudgeon-community-fund
Once the wind farm becomes fully operational during 2017, this Fund will receive £100,000 per annum, and whilst the details of the way in which the Fund will be operated are yet to be finalised, it is hoped that education and business support initiatives in Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland communities will be able to benefit from it.
So far grants totalling £158,500 have been awarded to:
|Organisation||Purpose||Date Awarded||Project Area|
|Kelling Primary School||To provide a greenhouse for pupil use||September 2016||Weybourne area|
|Bale Village Hall||To contribute to phase 1 of an improvement project - the creation of a toilet block||September 2016||Cable route - Bale|
|Gunthorpe P.C.||To fund the installation of a medical defibrillator.||September 2016||Cable route - Bale|
|Beeston Playing Field Committee||To provide a range of new, modern and vibrant play equipment to the playing field in Beeston.||September 2016||Cable route - Beeston|
|Old School Hall Fulmodeston||To replace the heating oil tank.||September 2016||Cable route - Fulmodeston, Barney & Croxton|
|Great Ryburgh Playing Field||To install 4 pieces of outdoor gym equipment on the recreation area.||September 2016||Cable route - Great Ryburgh|
|Kettlestone Village Hall||To extend the village hall in order to provide a new storage area for furniture and equipment.||September 2016||Cable route - Kettlestone|
|Litcham School Cluster||To enhance and make outdoor learning more accessible||September 2016||Cable route - Litcham, Beeston, Brisley, Gt Dunham|
|Mileham P.C.||To erect a bus shelter opposite the village shop.||September 2016||Cable route - Mileham|
|Thursford Parochial Church Council||To provide drainage works associated with the kitchen project.||September 2016||Cable route - Thursford|
|Whissonsett Village Hall & Playing Field Committee||To refurbish the village hall floor.||September 2016||Cable route - Whissonsett|
|Necton Parish Council||To purchase electronic audio equipment.||September 2016||Necton area|
|Necton Rural Community Centre||To install new automatic hand dryers into the toilets.||September 2016||Necton area|
|Fransham P.C.||To purchase and install two bus shelters on the A47.||September 2016||Necton area - Little and Great Fransham|
|Little Dunham P.C.||To purchase a SAM 2 flashing speed warning sign together with data logger, fittings and mountings||September 2016||Necton area - Little Dunham|
|Home-Start Swaffham & District||To recruit and train local volunteers to develop the home visiting service, increasing the number of families supported||September 2016||Necton/cable route - Necton to Fulmodeston|
|Weybourne Village Hall Management Committee||To replace the roof of the village hall and remove asbestos from the building||September 2016||Weybourne area|
|Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind||To fund a Co-ordinator/manager post and operational costs.||September 2016||Great Yarmouth area|
|Great Yarmouth Community Trust||To purchase equipment to refurbish the kitchen at the Priory Centre.||September 2016||Great Yarmouth area|
|Home-Start Great Yarmouth & District||To support families in and around the Barrack Estate area of Great Yarmouth through the one to one volunteer home visiting service.||September 2016||Great Yarmouth area|
|The Bread Kitchen CIC||To run weekly information, advice and guidance drop-in sessions and monthly 'Skills Days' for marginalised young people aged 16+.||September 2016||Great Yarmouth area|
|Willow Tree Garden||To contribute towards the costs of establishing a new venue in Great Yarmouth for people with additional needs.||September 2016||Great Yarmouth area|
|Necton Parish Council||To provide bus shelters on the A47 highway||May 2015||Necton|
|Necton Church of England Primary School||To provide equipment to make better education use of the school fish pond and garden||May 2015||Necton|
|Necton First Responders||To provide support for annual running costs of the service||May 2015||Necton|