Now, more than ever, communities need support to tackle the two big issues of the moment; carbon reduction and fuel poverty.
The Megawatt Community Energy Fund is one way that local groups can help drive green initiatives in their area.
Now in its fifth year, the fund comes from very green sources. Each year Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano channel revenues from renewable energy projects into the pot. Bringing benefit to the local area is what makes community energy so different to typical renewable installers.
Groups or projects working in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Sedgemoor District (Somerset) can apply for grants of up to £4000 for community action projects.
More specifically, the fund is supporting projects that aim to:
– Reduce fossil fuel consumption
– Reduce fuel poverty
– Raise awareness about climate change and solutions to mitigate its impact
In previous years, the fund has been used for a diverse range of projects including Curry and Conversation events in Weston-super-Mare, a climate action plan by the Bristol Disability Equality Forum and the appointment of a Permaculture Worker at St Paul’s Adventure Playground. To see a longer list of recipients, see our Community Benefit page.
Small organisations with charitable aims are particularly welcome, and you do not need to be an environmental group.
The fund is administered by Quartet Community Foundation. All applications must be received by 10am on 30th May 2022.
If you know a group that might be interested to apply, please share and visit https://quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/megawatt-community-energy-grants/