The wind farm was expected to commence generating electricity in the summer but due to difficulties in delivering the new turbines it is now expected that work could be completed by October.
Community Grants will then be available to Groups within 10 Km of the site but for the first three years it will be restricted to groups within 5 Km distance. Oxenhope falls within this 5 Km. After 3 years it is to be rolled out to cover 7.5 Km and then 10 Km.
There will be £45K available each year and the programme is expected to run for around 25 years.
A Grants Panel of 6 members living in villages surrounding the site has been formed with support from the Community Foundation for Calderdale.
To enable the Grant’s Panel to gain experience in determining applications, the CFFC has donated £5K as a pilot exercise. This is available to Groups within Oxenhope, the maximum grant being £1,000 per group.
There are certain eligibility criteria which can be found online or by contacting CFFC on 01422 349700. Closing date for applications is 9am September 23rd 2016.
More information and an online application form can be found here.