Powering community initiatives in Nidderdale since 2010

Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Band playing

The Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Fund recently distributed over £27,000 to 13 charitable community organisations, marking new investments in the people and communities in the local area. This round also saw its first multi-year micro grant awarded to Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Band, this means that for the next three years this local brass band will be able to continue to inspire and delight local individuals.

These grants have played a crucial role in supporting a diverse array of projects that enrich community life and strengthen connections in these rural areas.

Creating impact

In this recent round of funding, the Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Fund supported projects that reflect its commitment to community development. The organisations that were awarded funding are:

  • Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Band has received a multi-year grant to fund its intergenerational community brass band, providing free instruments and music tuition in Nidderdale.
  • Beckwithshaw Cricket Club began essential renovations on their clubhouse, benefiting members and the wider community with improved facilities for sports and social activities.
  • Hampsthwaite Wednesday Group supports elderly women who live in rural locations with transportation for social outings, combating isolation and promoting well-being.
  • Hampsthwaite Village Room has created a library and indoor games area, enhancing opportunities for learning and recreation activities.
  • Birstwith Horticultural Society have purchased a new wireless PA system for their annual village show, encouraging community engagement and event quality.
  • Birstwith in Bloom installed bench seating in a community garden, making the space more accessible and inviting for all of the residents.
  • Darley Cricket Club introduced a portable pitch simulation mat to enhance youth cricket training opportunities year-round.
  • Hampsthwaite Cricket Club ensured the sustainability of their facilities and club with the replacement of a garage roof.
  • Darley Playing Field Association supported community events with a new tea tent, enhancing gatherings and community festivities.
  • Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall celebrated its 100th anniversary with a series of community-wide events, encouraging local pride and unity in this rural community.
  • Kettlesing Millennium Village Hall improved safety and energy efficiency with new lighting installations within community space.

Since 2010, the Fund has made over 220 grants, investing nearly £378,000 into the communities around the Knabs Ridge Wind Farm.

Get involved

The Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Fund continues to make a real difference in the lives of local residents promoting inclusivity, sustainability, and community engagement. These investments not only address immediate needs but also build resilient and connected communities.

Applications for Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Fund are currently closed, but to find out more about open funds, please visit tworidingscf.org.uk.