Parc Adfer Community Benefit Fund
When they meet on Tuesday 18 January, Flintshire’s Cabinet Members will be asked to approve the main eligibility and project criteria for the Parc Adfer Community Benefit Fund and support the proposed launch of the fund in early 2022.
As part of the procurement of the Parc Adfer contract and the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Partnership (“NWRWTP”), it was agreed to fund and manage a Community Benefit Fund (“CBF”) that would run for the duration of the contract.
To date the CBF has been used to fund an initial Parc Adfer Community Recovery Fund, which is now closed for applications and awarded grants to over 10 projects with a total value of over £60,000 during 2021.
The existing panel and governance arrangements set up for the Community Recovery Fund will remain largely in place for the main CBF, as will many of the overarching eligibility criteria. However, the type of projects funded will be different to reflect the original intention of the fund which was to fund community projects which provide environmental benefit to the local area.
There are five main project criteria that the Parc Adfer CBF will support, which are:
1. Renewable energy
2. Carbon reduction
3. Waste reduction, reuse and recycling
4. Biodiversity and improvements to local environment quality
5. De-carbonisation of transport
Flintshire’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Councillor Glyn Banks, said:
“The Parc Adfer Community Benefit Fund is a long term fund intended to benefit communities within the Partnership area, in particular those living closest to Parc Adfer, with a focus on funding projects that help or benefit the environment. This is a really beneficial scheme and I would encourage all those organisations who are eligible to apply. This scheme will help with the continuation of the positive environmental work already taking place.”
The proposed launch date of the CBF is late February / early March 2022.