Community Fund

This fund is to assist with projects of value to the residents of the Parish.
An application for consideration for a grant can be made by clicking on the two items below:
 
Grant Application Information
Grant Application Form

 

"Community Benefit"

During our representations with the project management of the Planning Application for a Solar Farm in Hawkspur Green, we secured a contractual undertaking for an annual compensatory payment for the whole Parish related to the actual power generated each year for 20 years.  This is known as a Community Benefit.

This benefit money is for specific community projects and cannot be used by the Parish Council to supplement its Precept funding or to offset any resident’s local taxes.

The Parish Council is obliged to annually advise the Solar Farm operators how the money is being spent.

Regrettably, a similar arrangement was not secured with the earlier Solar Farm, also within the Parish, which is situated south of the Bardfield Road near Markswood farmhouse between Little Bardfield and Oxen End.

In 2019/20 the Community Fund have so far made grants to:

  • Little Bardfield Cricket Club to replace storm damaged equipment

  • Little Bardfield Parish Barbecue

In 2018/19 the Community Fund made grants to:

  • Little Bardfield Cricket Club to replace essential equipment.
  • The Almshouses towards the internal modernisation of the five properties.
 

The Parish Council are researching other projects within the Parish to consider grants from the Community Fund.