Northern Powergrid are offering local groups the chance to secure funding to kick-start their own community energy project.
The Community Energy Seed Fund is offering grants from £1,000 to £10,000 as part of our commitment to supporting local communities and to helping them deliver affordable and sustainable energy solutions.
The fund, run in partnership with Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, is now in its third year. It is intended to help large community energy projects get off the ground, and can cover full project costs for smaller ones. “This year, we will seek to further assist successful applicants by pairing them with an expert or mentor” says Anne-Claire Leydier, Sustainability Manager “A lot of experience has been gathered in community energy over the last few years and we think it important for new starters to access it”.
The fund is open until 6th February 2017 for applications from community groups within our operating area. We will consider any application under the broad definition of Community Energy: groups interested in reducing and managing their energy use or tackling community and social issues like fuel poverty and energy sustainability in rural communities are invited to apply.
17 groups have already benefited from the Community Energy Seed Fund. Take a look at the case studies.
Applications are open now and will close 6 February 2017. For details of how to apply visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply-groups.
The decisions will be announced in April 2017.