Megawatt Community Energy Grant – Grants of up to £5,000 available for groups that aim to raise awareness of climate change, reduce fossil fuel consumption or reduce fuel poverty in South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset and the Sedgemoor District
Application submission deadline: 7 April 2020
Maximum Grant Awarded: £5,000
The Megawatt Community Energy Fund uses profit from the business activity of Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano to encourage and support community action on reducing carbon in our atmosphere, and/or making energy more affordable. Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano are working with Quartet Community Foundation to administer these funds.
What can you apply for?
The fund is supporting projects that aim to:
- Raise awareness of climate change, its solutions and how to reduce its impact (mitigation). This includes public outreach through talks, workshops, campaigns, and social, arts or sports activity.
- Reduce fossil fuel consumption of individuals, organisations and communities either directly through energy measures, or indirectly through the more efficient use of resources. Projects do not have to be energy projects but must have clear aims to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. This could include transport projects (e.g. encouraging cycling and public transport use), local food growing projects (which reduce our use of food transported long distances), horticultural projects (e.g. planting trees and plants which absorb carbon), community sharing and networking (e.g. lift sharing, projects to spread good ideas), IT (e.g. harnessing social media) and health projects (e.g. healthy eating & exercise).
- Reduce fuel poverty to ensure everyone can access and afford the energy they need. This could include helping people on low incomes to understand their energy bills and how to reduce them, switching energy provider, and accessing grants to improve the energy efficiency of their home.
The grant programme can support all costs relating to the project or activity/project, including a contribution to core costs (e.g. core staff costs, office costs), project costs (e.g. venue hire, project worker) and capital costs. The fund encourages applications for the funding of innovative ideas, including pilot projects, as well as for the development and growth of existing projects.
Who can apply?
The Megawatt Community Energy Fund is open to groups or projects working in South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, and Sedgemoor District (Somerset). It is particularly targeted at small organisations with charitable aims. You do not have to be an energy or environmental group.
Please visit the Quartet Community Foundation website for more details: Megawatt Community Energy Grant