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A fund launched by DONG Energy is set to make available up to £15 million to support community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Lancashire and Cumbria. The Walney Extension Community Benefit Fund is part of the community engagement programme for DONG Energy's Walney Extension offshore windfarm, being built 9 kilometres off the Cumbrian Coast.

Approximately £500,000 will be available in the main fund to support community and environmental projects for each of the 25 years that the Walney Extension will be operating. An additional £100,000 will be ring-fenced annually for a skills fund that will support a range of educational and training initiatives designed to equip people for working in engineering industries like offshore wind. The community benefit fund will be managed for DONG Energy by the national grant-making charity Grantscape.

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