- Centrica Storage Limited has launched its 2016 Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund
- The parishes of Boynton, Burton Agnes and Rudston in East Yorkshire are invited to apply for funding for local projects that they believe will make an environmental difference
- Applications up to £5,000 in value are welcome
Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund 2016 Open for Applications
Centrica Storage Limited (CSL) today announced the 2016 Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund is open for qualifying applications in the East Riding parishes of Boynton, Burton Agnes and Rudston.
The fund was established in January 2011 and has so far helped to finance a number of local environmental projects totalling £20,000. The Caythorpe gas storage project originally had an estimated planned lifespan of 25 years – to which CSL is committed to making an annual payment of £5,000 to support local communities over that period of time.
The 2014 and 2015 funds resulted in a range of fantastic projects completed around the local area. Burton Agnes Primary School was one beneficiary that received £4,300 to support the creation of a sensory garden, providing children, parents and visitors with space where they can develop an understanding of the world around them and how to care for the environment.
Helen Jameson, headteacher at Burton Agnes Primary School, said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive this funding which is now making a huge difference to our pupils, parents and the local community. It will do for many years to come. Thanks to Centrica Storage’s incredibly generous support, this is a fantastic opportunity to inspire young people to form personal connections with nature.”
The other four projects to receive funding last year were: Burton Agnes Parish Council’s project to erect a bus shelter in the village; the installation of three eco-friendly hand dryers at Boynton Village Hall; Village Matters’ application to create a communal area in Gransmoor; and the running of a 10-week tennis coaching course for children at Rudston Tennis Club.
Ian Livingston a terminal manager within CSL who is responsible for the Caythorpe gas storage project, said: “The fund helped to finance some excellent applications in 2014 and 2015 and, with the opening of the 2016 fund, we are delighted to have the opportunity to make further contributions to these hugely worthwhile projects.”
CSL is keen to support community and voluntary organisations that are charitable, educational or benevolent in purpose. If you would like to find out more or apply for funding for a project within your organisation, you will find the qualifying criteria and application form here.
The entry deadlines are:
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31 May 2016
Successful applicants will be notified on: Thursday 30 June 2016
Deadline for spending allocated funds: Saturday 31 December 2016
A legacy of local environmental support
Prior to 2015, CSL had already supported a number of worthwhile causes via the Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental and Community Support funds:
- Renewable energy and interior improvements to Boynton Village Hall
- sponsorship of Rudston’s newsletter;
- preservation of countryside verges;
- conservation and improvement to habitats of chalk rivers;
- an eco-friendly village hall in Boynton; a community and sports facility for Burton Agnes;
- a play park for families in Rudston;
- provision of high-visibility ‘snapbands’ to help school children from across the region to stay safe in the dark.
Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas, acquired the Caythorpe Gas Storage site from Warwick Energy in September 2008. Centrica owns the onshore gas producing field near Bridlington in East Yorkshire, which is a substantially depleted onshore gas field located close to the National Transmission System. The site is currently non-operational.