The provision of significant local community benefits is central to OCE’s vision.
We recycle 100% of surplus profits into local communities in the Swale and Medway districts through a community fund.
The Fund derives its income from the surpluses generated. We estimate that the Orchard Farm Solar Array will provide at least £10k per annum during the early years. This amount will increase in the later stages of the project.
Acceptance of this amount is subject to a members’ vote at OCE’s AGM. The monies are then donated to the community fund and allocated to projects brought forward by communities in the districts of Swale and Medway.
The Orchard Community Fund is open for applications from August-October 2020 for projects starting in 2021. Further details about how to apply are available here.
2020 Grantee presentations
Medway Plus’s Luton Urban Trees project
Faversham Men’s Shed at the Abbey Physic Community Garden
Support & Action To End Domestic Abuse (SATEDA)