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Whitemill Environment Fund

Whitemill Environment Fund is a small grants fund available to groups in Coldham, Friday Bridge, Elm, Rings End and Christchurch.

It is available to established community organisations to fund projects that improve the environment and enhance residents' knowledge of an environmental issue.

There is no formal maximum bid.

The fund can be used to fund the entire cost of a project, though the awarding committee may choose to offer part funding.

Funding is awarded twice a year. The closing date for applications is in January and July.

Projects must primarily benefit the residents of Elm Parish and Christchurch.

Background to the fund

The fund was established in 2013 and is managed by a committee including:

  • Fenland District Council
  • Elm Parish Council
  • Local representatives living within the turbine catchment 

Money will be added to it for 25 years (in total) by the Co-Op, which owns and runs Whitemill wind farm, in Coldham.

Over the 25-year lifetime of the project around £175k will be added to the fund (fluctuating according to RPI).

What you can bid for

The committee will consider bids that enhance or protect the environment and educate people about an environmental issue.

Examples include:

Energy efficiency
  • Insulation
  • Efficient lighting
  • Draught proofing
  • Community engagement projects
Renewable energy
  • Solar panels
  • Wind power
  • Heat pumps
  • Biomass (e.g wood) heating
Water efficiency
  • Rain water recycling
  • Grey water reuse
  • Paving or communal planting to prevent flooding
  • Compost toilets
  • Creating habitats
  • Protecting species
  • Restoring communal green spaces for wildlife
  • Projects aiming to reduce or recycle waste
  • Car sharing
  • Bio-diesel vehicles
  • Community cycling
Sustainable materials
  • Projects aiming to increase the use of sustainable materials

This list is not exhaustive; other ideas are welcome. 

The following will not be funded:

  • Bids from 'for profit' organisations
  • Bids from individual households
  • Fulfillment of statutory duty, running costs or maintenance
  • Projects that won't have enough environmental or educational benefit
  • Projects where the works have been completed prior to approval 

How to bid

Applications to the January round are currently postponed.

To apply, complete the application form. Please use the scoring criteria as guidance - this will help you to meet the requirements of the fund. 

The committee will judge applications in August or February (whichever is soonest). 

If you have any queries, please contact the Environmental Projects Team by calling 01354 654321 or emailing 

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