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Howton Solar Farm Fund

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Howton Solar Farm Fund supports community projects in the areas of Pillaton, Landrake & St Erney, St Mellion, St Dominick and Saltash. Projects with an educational element or awareness of reducing their carbon footprint may be given priority.

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Grants range from £250 to £5,000

Case Studies

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Landulph Memorial Hall refurbishment project

Before work was carried out

Landulph Memorial Hall was awarded £9,600.00 in the Spring 2013 from the Howton Solar Farm Community Benefit Fund towards the conversion of a redundant storeroom and an old snooker room, into a new kitchen for community use and a new room for the Under 5s and Toddlers. The refurbishment also allowed for a new space for them to store their equipment and be able to leave it out between sessions.  The rooms were in need of a complete overhaul as the heating, insulation, lighting, windows and ventilation were all in need of refurbishment. 

The award enabled the rooms to be insulated, double glazed, fitted with a new boiler and suitable low surface temperature heaters.  A brand new kitchen was installed including, a gas cooker and fridge.  An added bonus through this refurbishment meant that hot water was able to be installed in the toilet, which was not so previously.

The new partitioned areas were able to be created for the Under 5s, which allowed specific areas for group work, quiet play and rest.  This also gave added privacy for discussion with parents and the dedicated space for the Under 5s became an attractive area within the building.

Since the award there has been an increase in community groups using the hall for various activities, the Pre-School continues to flourish, employing three local people and savings on heating have been evident.

Joanna Butcher, Chairperson commented "The process of fundraising brought the community together, and the new facilities are enabling more groups to use the new spaces, the new pre-school room is a wonderful play and learning environment."

After

Battling On brings young people and vulnerable adults closer to nature

Battling On is a Community Interest Company that has been established to offer wrap around educational training, advice and care for service men and women who are suffering from mental or physical disabilities or illnesses as a result of servicing in combat zones.

They received nearly £5,000 from the Howton Solar Farm Fund towards their project of extending the range of activities they offer young people and vulnerable adults by getting them out in the countryside and experience different aspects of running a farm. The project allowed participants to explore the many different aspects involved in running and managing a farm. The project also allowed ex-service personnel who are volunteering with Battling On to extend their instructional technique skills and help them gain experience as they work towards the teacher training qualifications that they are undertaking.

16 young people participated, along with 12 vulnerable adults, 8 ex-service personnel, 48 secondary school pupils and 170 primary school children. Nikki Markham commented “This project has had a huge impact for all those involved. As a result of this project all 12 vulnerable adults have enrolled onto a part-time (1 day a week) course and are continuing to learn about agricultural work. The group has bonded well and feel less isolated.
Of the young people who were classified as NEET 12 of those have gone on to join full time educational programmes.”

Feedback from A:
"Even though I lived out in the countryside I had no idea how to look after animals. I couldn't believe how much there was to learn ... I have applied to go to Duchy to do livestock agriculture."

The Howton Fund has two funding rounds a year, the next dates are:

Deadline: 02/04/2018

Panel: 30/04/2018

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Apply online using the link below. You can return to your online application form as many times as is needed, and save it as you go along. The online application link can also be shared with colleagues, or other parties, if more than one person needs to contribute to the application.

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> Requests up to £1,000

> Requests over £1,000