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Gwynt y Môr Community Fund Announcement

Gwynt y Môr £19m community fund marks double milestone and moves closer to opening!

Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm have announced a £570,000 donation to the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) in North Wales and the appointment of Community and Voluntary Support Conwy (CVSC) to administer its £multi-million Community Fund.

The substantial funding package for the RNLI will support a new rescue support vehicle to be based at St Asaph and pay for the training of all volunteer crews along the North Wales coast for the next five years.

In a separate arrangement, Community and Voluntary Support Conwy (CVSC) has been appointed to manage applications, award grants and, potentially loans, to community projects in North Wales from the rest of the £19m fund.

Gwynt y Môr is the world’s second largest offshore wind farm, located more than eight miles off the North Wales coast.

Giving details of the two announcements this morning at Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station, RWE Innogy UK’s Gwynt y Môr Project Director, Toby Edmonds said: “The £19m Gwynt y Môr Community Fund will provide an opportunity to make a significant, long term and positive impact on sustainable development in Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire and I’m delighted that today’s announcements move the fund a step closer to officially opening for applicants.

“Using a portion of the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund for the next five years we have formed a new partnership with the RNLI to provide a Rescue Support Vehicle, based in North Wales, which can be deployed to incidents, across the region. The vehicle will be of great assistance to the RNLI’s Flood Rescue Team, should they be called upon to assist communities in the event of devastating flooding. The funding will also support the training requirements of RNLI volunteers from Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl and Flint lifeboat stations.

“Through this partnership we look forward to continuing our work with the RNLI which has played a crucial part in the emergency response plan during the offshore construction of the wind farm. As Gwynt y Môr moves into its operational phase we are delighted to be showing our thanks to the RNLI with this legacy.”

Matt Crofts, RNLI Community Lifesaving Delivery Manager said: ‘Partnerships such as this are vital to the RNLI; we are so very grateful to have been chosen as benefactors. Training is the essential ingredient that turns our volunteers into lifesavers, but this kind of training is expensive. As a charity which relies on voluntary contributions and legacies, this most generous donation will fund the training of the RNLI’s voluntary crew off the north Wales coast for five years.

‘Our volunteers deserve the very best training and this donation will ensure the successful delivery of training on the coast for many years to come. This training keeps our crews at high levels of competence and ensures their safety when launching to save lives at sea.”

Commenting on the appointment of CVSC to administer the rest of the £19million Gwynt y Môr Community Fund, Toby Edmonds, added: “CVSC is experienced in local funding delivery, demonstrating huge enthusiasm for what the funds can achieve and a strong commitment to ensure it helps support the delivery of strategic aims, as well as linking with and complementing existing funding provision and priorities in the area.

“We are looking forward to working with CVSC to develop the details of the application and decision-making process to allow the first round of awards to be made later this year.”

The Chief Officer of CVSC, Wendy Jones said: “We are thrilled to have won the contract to manage the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund. Working in collaboration with our colleagues in Denbighshire Voluntary Service Council and Flintshire Local Voluntary Council, we are confident that the benefit of this fantastic investment will be felt across the communities in the coastal areas of Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire, and will have a lasting effect on the strategic objectives of the area.”

Information on how to apply for the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund, its area of benefit and the sorts of project that will be eligible for funding will be widely publicised in due course.

Gwynt y Môr is a greater than £2billion shared investment between RWE Innogy, Stadtwerke München GmbH, and Siemens(1) and, once fully operational, will be capable of generating enough energy from home grown wind sources to power the equivalent of approximately 400,000 homes(2) – around a third of the total number of homes in all of Wales.(3) It comprises 160 Siemens 3.6 megawatt (MW) turbines, two offshore substations, 161 inter-array cables, four export cables, an 11km onshore underground cable route and a new 132kV/400kV onshore substation near St Asaph.

For more information about Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm visit the website: www.rweinnogy.com/gwyntymor

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