- Centrica Storage Limited has launched its 2017 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 2017 Open for Applications
Centrica Storage Limited (CSL) today announced the 2017 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 2016 fund resulted in a range of fantastic projects completed around the local area. The four projects selected to receive the £5,000 of funding were: an Environmental Garden at Burton Agnes Primary School, ‘The Corner Garden’ for Rudston Parish Council, a new boiler for Boynton Village Hall, and energy efficiency improvements for Rudston Playing Field Committee Pavilion.
Neil Watson, Rudston resident and a spokesperson for Rudston Parish Council, said: “We were thrilled to receive this generous donation from Centrica Storage via the Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund. The Corner Garden has transformed a previously unused area of the village into a wonderful garden that is now being enjoyed by the community and will be for many years to come. The project wouldn’t have been able to get off the ground without this funding, so we are enormously grateful.”
Daniel Rayne, the terminal manager within CSL who is responsible for the Caythorpe gas storage project, said: “The fund helped to finance some excellent applications in 2016 and, with the opening of the 2017 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: Thursday 31 August 2017
Successful applicants will be notified on: Friday 29 September 2017
Deadline for spending allocated funds: Sunday 31 December 2017
A legacy of local environmental support
CSL has already supported a number of worthwhile causes via the Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental and Community Support funds. They include:
- 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;
- a 10-week tennis coaching course for children at Rudston Tennis Club reducing the village’s carbon footprint;
- 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; and
- 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.