There are a number of funds available to community groups within the parish. The three main ones are:

RWE Innogy UK Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm Community Fund.  

The Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm fund will invest over £375,000 into local community activities and projects over the lifetime of the wind farm. For the first 3 years of the funds operation the area of benefit will be limited to the Shotley Low Quarter Parish, after this the area of benefit will be reviewed.

In 2013 the annual fund, which is index linked in line with the retail price index, was worth £15,230.

RWE Innogy UK prides itself on ensuring decisions about how funding is allocated are made by local people for the benefit of their community. We do this by establishing a grants panel made up of local people, to make decisions about the allocation of funding.  In this case the panel is managed and supported by the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Panel Members Required!!

This Fund is currently looking for advisory panel members. For more information Wind Farm Fund (21 downloads) or contact Pete Barrett on 01912220945 or email

Boundary Lane Wind Farm Fund

Set up by power company EDF Energy Renewables , this fund will distribute grants of between £500 and £5,000, or up to £9,000 in exceptional circumstances, to community groups, voluntary organisations and schools based near the wind farm.

Funding is available for capital projects with a lasting benefit, such as improvements to community buildings, biodiversity and habitat conservation, energy conservation or other projects which are community-based and community-led.

Priority will be given to applications within a three-mile radius of the wind farm, although applications from groups within a 10-mile radius will be considered if they can prove that people living near the site will benefit.

This fund is managed by the County Durham Community Foundation and more information can be found here.

The Northumberland Community Foundation

The Community Foundation provides grants and other support to groups and individuals, thanks to the donors who choose to give through the Foundation. They match applications from groups and individuals to our donors’ interests.

They support a wide range of people and causes across three broad themes:

  1. supporting people to overcome disadvantage
  2. creating stronger communities
  3. making the area a good place to live.

You can also download a copy of our grant-making policy here.

It is important that you read the information very carefully before applying to make sure you are eligible and, if so, that your application reaches them through the right channel.

If you have any questions about applying, you can read their Frequently Asked Questions or call them on 0191 222 0945.