ScottishPower Renewables ‘Coal Clough’ Windfarm Benefit Fund

ScottishPower Renewables ‘Coal Clough’ Windfarm Benefit Fund

Cliviger Parish Council administers the ScottishPower Renewables ‘Coal Clough’ Windfarm Benefit Fund, which is open to constituted and non-constituted organisations, voluntary, community and faith groups which directly benefit the residents of Cliviger. 

There are two grants. A smaller grant of £500 is available all year round, please see the form and guidance.

A larger grant up to £10,000 is available once a year, usually in May/June, please see the form and guidance.

Applications are decided by a mixed panel of residents and independent members, with two parish councillors able to offer advice, but not vote.

Further information if needed is available via the clerk, please see the guidance notes for contact details.

Community Fund Report 2024

ScottishPower Renewables Community Benefit Report 2023

Community Fund Report 2023

Community Fund Report 2021

Cliviger Community Benefit Fund Programme 2020 Final Report

Community Fund Report 2019

See how the latest round of money has been spent in the community.


Cliviger Community Outreach Programme – Basically Cheer and Fitness

This is the second round of funding that has supported the Cliviger Community Outreach Programme, this has meant that the community sessions on offer have gone from strength to strength and we have been able to offer new and different activities for Cliviger residents to try.

Our regular weekly programme includes:

Cardio Dance which is new to the COPE programme – This started off with around 6 attendees, these numbers have now doubled and we have 13 regulars attending each week.. the benefits include feeling more active, feeling fitter and healthier, better mood and more. As you can see the ladies attend in all weathers!

Coffee Morning – This is a popular session where individuals can drop in & enjoy a hot drink and refreshments whilst making friends.

This has been fantastic to combat social isolation and some lovely Friendships have been formed. This year I have also encouraged People to deliver a 10 minute talk on a topic of their choice, we have learned about peoples younger days, jobs and about the history of Cliviger which has really boosted peoples confidence. There are around 20 regular attendees each week. Quote ‘the coffee morning is an ideal place for the elderly Particularly to make new friends and enjoy time together in fresh Surroundings & without charge. I have met many people from The area whom I did not know before and find it exhilarating’

Toddler Dance – I have loved watching our pre-school children Grow in confidence each week and gain new skills, some of the Children that were barely walking last year are now dancing and Singing along to the movements and joining in. It is fantastic that Children are given the opportunity to express themselves and Interact with each other especially as they missed out on so Much through being born during Covid times. We had a special Christmas celebration where we had one of Santa’s fairy’s join us!

Seated Exercise – This is a low impact chair- based workout that Offers gentle but fun movement to music followed by refreshments, benefits include: Feeling much fitter and stronger, reduces risk of falls, helps with mood. This is another session that is increasing in numbers each week and getting more popular, we currently have around 20 people who attend the session each week. Quote ‘I attend the seated exercise class which provides basic keep Fit exercises without any undue strain on my elderly body. A Wonderfully relaxing way to help keep me fit’

Alongside the regular weekly sessions we have also offered:

SEN dance classes for children with special educational needs & their families Dance camps where children have had access to a range of activities during school holidays Relax & Rejuvenation – This included an hours meditation and relaxation followed by an hour of Pilates – attendees found this helped them relax and unwind Kids discos Slow down and de-stress through creativity – 2 week taster course where we partnered with Lancashire Adult Learning to deliver the session Coming up is an adult first aid course which is fully booked and Lancashire Adult Learning will deliver a 6 week print-making workshop.

Celebrating Me Project – Burnley Youth Theatre and St John’s Cliviger Primary School

Burnley Youth Theatre worked with St John’s Cliviger Primary School, delivering a creative diversity project where children could explore their unique talents, share aspirations, recognise how we can all have different feelings and be inspired to reach their goals.
EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 worked with musician Jack Herbet creating a song to celebrate their uniqueness, Year 4 and 5 worked with artist Lubna Ali on creating a piece of art that represents them and their community while Year 3 and Year  6 worked with drama practitioner Charly Ward on a creative piece to highlight what makes them all special and unique.
All the children then shared at their experiences at a special event held for the community.

Cliviger Parish Council – heritage and environmental projects 

Using surplus funding accumulated during the Covid pandemic, the parish council employed heritage artist Shane Johnstone to restore the historical milestones in the village.
Shane also worked with the children of St John’s CE Primary School to create a special new milestone to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and King Charles’s Coronation.
The quirky addition to the village is placed outside the school and is believed to be the first new milestone in Lancashire for two centuries.
Shane is also working on re creating ancient crosses around the village with a modern twist, which will be installed at the Mereclough Memorial Garden in 2024.
The parish council also upgraded the path into the community garden at Holme Chapel and provided water butts for the children from the school to use to look after two new planters.
Other planters were provided around the village to allow all the community to enjoy a splash of colour throughout the year.

Cliviger Toddlers – community resources for Early Years

The thriving group spent their grant on new resources for their group to allow the youngsters to learn as they play.
Much fun was enjoyed by the tots and the equipment will be used for years to come by new additions to the group.

Cliviger Village Hall 

Vital safety works were paid for using the funding to the historic building. open to use by the whole community. This included pointing the outside walls and providing a safety gate for young visitors.

Mount Zion Church 

The church which is at the hub of the community benefited from pointing to the rear wall, a new fence, gazebo and white board and graphics, which keeps the building in good shape and has the facilities on hand for people to use when they attend community events.

St John’s CE Primary School

Money from the small all year round grant went to the school to provide batteries for the community defibrillator, a vital aid to the community.