Galloper Wind Farm Fund (GWFF)
What does the Galloper Wind Farm Fund aim to do?
The Galloper Wind Farm Fund aims to contribute to the appearance, setting, conservation, amenity, accessibility and enjoyment of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB and the area defined as within a 5km radius of Sizewell (the location of the Galloper substation).
How can I apply?
The fund began in April 2016 - please see the list of projects awarded funding in the first two years of this scheme below.
The fund is NOW CLOSED for applications, for reference you can see the guidance and application form below. There was approx. £15,000 to award in 2018-19.
How much grant funding is available?
An amount of £11,000 is provided each year and grants of up to 100% can be awarded towards project costs. There is no lower or upper amount for grant requests, but the maximum is likely to be in the region of £2,000 to £2,500 per application. Any unallocated funds carry forward to the next round of grants.
How is the fund administered?
The fund is administered by Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB on behalf of Galloper Wind Farm Ltd and is held by Suffolk County Council. A Panel meets once a year (usually in spring) to assess projects and award grants. The GWFF Panel includes representatives from Galloper Wind Farm Ltd, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council and Leiston Town Council. The AONB will take 10% of the annual granted amount awarded in fee for administration and management of the grant, and will put this towards projects that the AONB deliver.
Why is there a Fund offered by Galloper Wind Farm?
Galloper Wind Farm Limited has Development Consent Order approval to build a substation and associated cabling and connection at Sizewell, Suffolk in association with its offshore wind farm. This new infrastructure will be in close proximity to the Greater Gabbard substation. The offshore cabling comes ashore at Sizewell and connects into the Galloper substation before connecting via new and existing infrastructure, to National Grid’s electricity network. As part of this development a Section 106 agreement has been made by Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, the Ogilvie Estate and Galloper Wind Farm Ltd.
The fund is agreed at £187,000 over 17 years, to be paid at £11,000 per annum to Suffolk County Council, starting in 2016.