Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Fund

Two Ridings Community Foundation manages community benefit funds provided by alternative energy suppliers as part of their developments. One fund run by RWE Renewables is the Knabs Ridge Wind Farm community benefit fund near Harrogate, which supports local projects identified by local people.

The Knabs Ridge Fund has funded refurbishments and renovations to community buildings, as well as new equipment for playgroups, drama clubs, sports facilities and play areas.

The Fund has also helped support a graveyard recording project in Hampsthwaite.

You can apply for charitable activities that:

  • Enhance quality of life for local residents
  • Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities
  • Promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

Size of grants

We are now closed for larger grants.


You can apply for a microgrant of up to £700 at any time (funds allowing).

If you are going to repeat the work you are applying for through a micro grant, you can apply for more than one year at once. So you can apply for up to £700 per year, for up to three years. If you are applying for a multi-year micro grant, please make this clear in your application.

Who can apply?

Please read our ‘How to Apply’ page for information on general eligibility.

The fund is available to small local charities and voluntary and community groups based in the parishes of:

  • Felliscliffe, Hampsthwaite, Birstwith, Norwood, Darley and Menwith, Haverah Park with Beckwithshaw, and Fewston.

In addition parish councils can apply provided that the proposed project is wholly charitable and falls outside of your usual remit.

How to apply?

First, please check your general eligibility with us here: How To Apply

Next, please read the Knabs Ridge Guidance 2024  for this grant scheme carefully. Please read them even if you have applied before, as they may have changed.

Then, complete the online form.

Lastly, we only consider your application complete when we have received all supporting documents, either attached to the online application or emailed to [email protected]

Please note: If you are sending your supporting documents in the post, please can we ask that they are NOT stapled. Thank you so much!

When to apply?

Micro grants

The fund is now open for micro grants.

There is no deadline for micro grants and we accept applications at any time.

After we have received your fully completed application, we aim to respond with a decision within 4-6 weeks.

If you are applying for a micro grant for an event, please make sure you apply at least six weeks before the event. This will give enough time to process your application, and if you are successful, make payment before the event.

Larger grants

The fund is currently closed for grants of up to £3,500.  We will hold a decision making meeting in June 2024. After that, you will hear from us with a decision by July 2024.

Apply for a Micro Grant

Recently awarded grants

Successful Applicants 2023 2

Knabs Ridge Successful Applicants 2023 1

Successful applicants Knabs Ridge 2022

Knabs Ridge Successful Applicants 2021



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