Watchfield Solar Farm launches Community Grant Scheme

The UK’s first community-owned solar farm, Westmill Solar Co-operative, has launched a community grant scheme.

Westmill Solar Co-operative are looking for community benefit projects and activities that align with one or more of these co-operative principles:

  • Community
  • Sustainability
  • Education, training and sharing information
  • Co-operation (with co-operatives and similar social enterprises)

The following types of entities are eligible:

• co-operative
• CIC (community interest company)
• community benefit society
• school, college or other educational body
• faith organisation (e.g. church, mosque)
• charity (registered with the Charities Commission and/or recognised by
HMRC as a charity for tax purposes)
• charitable incorporated organisation
• unincorporated club or association
• other not-for-profit voluntary or community group, or social enterprise.

Non-profit community organisations in Oxfordshire or within 25 miles of the Westmill site can apply for grants between £500 and £5000.

Businesses have until 28 September to apply for funding. Guidance notes can be found for each category below:

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Application forms can be found below:

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Examples of Westmill Solar Co-operative funding

Examples of organisations that have benefited from community funding include WeSETThe Low Carbon HubWiltshire Community Foundation and Visit Highworth.

Find out more on the Westmill Solar Co-operative website.