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Community Fund

All profits from our community-owned solar farms are used to support local community projects with an emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability.

The community fund is managed and distributed by YCE, and a board of independent trustees drawn from our members.

The Newton Downs community fund is now inviting applications for grants.

Applications for funding are open to any community organisation operating within the Yealm area for projects which benefit communities in the parishes of Brixton, Holbeton, Newton and Noss, Wembury and Yealmpton.

Applications are invited from:

  • community organisations
  • schools
  • social enterprises
  • charities
  • parish councils or other groups

Applications need to meet the criteria described in the fund rules below and show evidence of broad community support, such as from Neighbourhood Plans.

If you have an idea that needs a grant we would love to hear from you.  You can read the full community fund rules below and download an application form (see further down).

2018 Grants have been awarded to the following:

Application by Brief description Grant (£)
South Dartmoor Community Energy Pilot initiative to reduce energy poverty and carbon footprint in 5 parishes 2541
Newton & Noss Village Hall Installation of solar panels on commuity building 4000
Marine Biological Association of the UK Life on the Yealm; celebration of wildlife that lives in and around the Yealm 905
1st Yealm Brownies (Girl Guiding UK) Learning how to help save the bees; educational and environmental project around bees 247
1st Yealm Rainbows (Girl Guiding UK) Learning how to protect the environment; education about plastic and small changes to make a difference 145
Yealmpton school Reinstating a larger pond, involving preschool, afterschool club, rainbows, brownies, beavers, cubs 1092
Yealmpton Wild Flower Project Creating pollinator and wildlife-friendly areas within Stray Park and other community spaces 1750
Brookings Down Wood Management Committee Tree Safety Measures: Middlecombe Lane 1200
Injury Prevention Minimisation and Prevention (N & N Network) Start of Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools 820
Newton & Noss Community Housing Create a legal community entity to engage with local affordable housing for local people 1250
River Yealm Regatta Renovation fo four traditional crabber boats 1250
Yealmpton Cricket Club Purchasing a Roller for club, with members also from N&N and Holbeton; improve safety 800
Wembury War Memorial Village Hall CIO Replacement of Village Hall floors to protect range of social activities 2500
Holbeton Bells Restoration of church bells and tower 1500

First Round of Grants awarded by the Community Fund

We are delighted to announce the first allocation of grants from the community fund to projects from community organisations across the Yealm area.  We would like to congratulate the organisations submitting the successful applications (see below).

The first year of operation of the Newton Downs solar farm, of which we currently own only a token share, has generated income for the community fund of £20,000.  This is after payment of the fees and dividends for the current majority owners (Community Owned Renewables LLP).

Despite the short notice (availability of the fund announced only in July), 15 applications were received from across the Yealm area by the deadline of the end of September.  Grants were made to 14 of these projects, described below:

There will be a chance to hear more details about the winning projects at the awards event to be held on 13 December at the WIC Hall on Parsonage Road in Newton Ferrers (opposite the turnoff to the school) on Thursday 13th December at 7pm.  We hope you will be there to hear about the projects and to be inspired to apply for your group next time. Yealm Community Energy will also report progress and plans for the future.



Apply for funding for your community project