DONG Energy is donating over £240,000 to the new Westermost Rough Fishing Community Fund which will support fishing community projects in the Holderness area.
The fund has been established to help community projects that are of potential benefit for members of the Holderness Fishing Industry Group (HFIG) and it will be managed and administered by the independent grant-making not-for-profit company West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd.
The Westermost Rough Fishing Community Fund is now seeking proposals for projects to be funded in 2016. The total sum available in 2016 is £162,500, and a further donation of £81,250 will be made to the fund in 2017. If there is any balance remaining at the end of 2016, this will be carried over to the 2017 funding round.
Mira Rosten, Environment and Consents Specialist at DONG Energy, said:
"DONG Energy is absolutely committed to making a positive contribution to the local areas where our operations are based, and we're proud of our role in developing renewable energy on the East coast
"This new fund will help to support community fishing projects that are working alongside us in the Holderness area."
Applications are encouraged for projects that have wide potential benefits to local fishing communities. Only applicants who belong to, or who represent HFIG, are eligible to submit project ideas.
The fund will be open to applications until 7th August 2016. Further details on how to apply can be found here.
Proposals will be evaluated by the Westermost Rough Fishing Community Project Steering Group that is formed of a DONG Energy representative and a West of Morecambe Fisheries Fund representative.
Westermost Rough offshore wind farm, located 8 kilometres from the Holderness coast, has a capacity of 210 megawatts, producing enough green electricity to power over 150,000 UK homes.