The Crown Estate, owner of public land in Britain including most of the territorial seabed, has launched a fund to benefit communities near to offshore wind farms. As projects are developed around the coast, the Crown Estate will invite applications under its Renewables Community and Environmental Research Fund from communities nearby. The nature of the projects proposed will depend on local people, but could range from repairing jetties to creating coastal walks, explains the Crown Estate's Giles French. The Crown Estate will give preference to projects that bring a lasting benefit to the community, and to areas that are disadvantaged by their remote location. The fund recognises that a community near an offshore wind farm has a part to play, says French. Grants totalling £100,000 will be available from the fund in its first financial year starting April 2003, with up to £200,000 available in each of the two subsequent years.
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