Kirkby in Ashfield Community Benefit Fund

Thursday 23 March 2017 Kirkby in Ashfield Community Benefit Fund



Mi-Grid, the operator of a wind turbine near Kirkby is providing £2,500 per year for 25 years for community projects.

£7,500 will be awarded every 3 years, shared between a maximum of 3 groups to improve their sustainability and offer an enhanced programme of events and activities.  The grant will be paid in annual instalments over the 3 year period.  

Groups and specific projects must be based in Kirkby in Ashfield and must be deliverable to benefit the majority of residents in the Kirkby in Ashfield community.

Grant guidance and terms and conditions are available HERE.

The definition for infrastructure organisations can be found on page 10 of the terms and conditions.

If you meet the terms and wish to apply, email us at with the following information:

  • Name, organisation, telephone number, email address
  • Brief outline of your project proposal and how it will benefit Kirkby in Ashfield (this includes the Annesley area) (maximum 200 words).

Proposals will need to contribute to the Kirkby Locality Plan which can be found HERE.  The plan contains a range of projects, with links to community groups. Community support is available to ensure that groups are well governed, constituted and accountable.

If your project is eligible we will send you an application form which you must complete and return to us by Friday 31 March 2017.  No more than 5 groups will be shortlisted as part of the selection process (with each group being invited to deliver a short presentation to Members as part of their application for funding).  The successful applicant(s) and amount of funding awarded will be decided by Kirkby Councillors at the Area Committee meeting in July 2017 (date tbc).

If you require any further information, please contact Sally Fennell on (01623) 457092,

What are infrastructure organisations?

Voluntary sector infrastructure organisations fall into two main groups:

  • Local Development Organisations are non-specialist groups which provide generalist advice to service delivery voluntary sector groups. They cover everything from recruiting and supporting volunteers to how to organise a one-off event through to advice with business planning, funding advice, writing a constitution and forming an organisation.

           In Ashfield, Ashfield Voluntary Action is the local development and support organisation. 

  • Specialist Development Organisations

          Either provide specialist advice and support on a range of issues, regardless of the service it
          provides or “client” group it works with or work with a particular part of the Voluntary and
          Community Sector on a particular subject.

          Collectively, these development organisations work together to provide leadership of the sector.

The infrastructure groups/ partnerships based in Kirkby in Ashfield which could potentially apply are as follows (this list is not exhaustive):
• Acacia Community Radio
• Ashfield Voluntary Action
• Ashwood Community Resource
• Citizens Advice Ashfield
• Home-Start Ashfield
• Kirkby Rotary
• Kirkby Royal British Legion
• Our Centre
• Help your Health Partnership (Coxmoor)