Funding

Powering our Communities Fund

Powering our Communities is an annual fund which provides seed funding to support the development of community and local energy in our region.

Deadline for applications Friday 3 December 2021

Our Powering Our Communities fund supports projects that put community and local energy at the heart of our communities. We are now inviting applications for a total available pot of £75,000.

Last year we supported seven projects in the North West. You can read about these and other projects that have benefited from our funding here.

We are looking for projects that demonstrate how they can contribute to the delivery of one or more of the following priorities:

  1. Investigating or piloting new business models or new ways of working
  2. Scaling up delivery of a community or local energy project or group
  3. Addressing a specific barrier that is holding back the development of community or local energy.

We are particularly interested in projects that bring something new to the sector or our region. It could be an idea that has been developed outside of our region, or one that hasn’t been tried anywhere before, or a project being established in an area new to community and local energy. 

The majority of the project activity needs to be located in Electricity North West’s licence area. The breakdown of the licence area can be found in the call criteria document. 

Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from a wide range of organisations including community benefit societies, industrial provident societies, charities, schools or local authorities as long as they can demonstrate the community involvement or local benefit of their project.

We also welcome projects in partnership with organisations such as local authorities and businesses as long as it is clear what control and benefit the local community will have as a result of the project. 

Our fund is open to all parts of our community and we particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups.

What can be funded?

The funding can be used to support a wide range of activities including producing materials to promote initiatives, supporting staff time or technical expertise, buying equipment or researching a new approach/business model.

How much funding is available?

We will award successful projects between £1,000 and £15,000 from the maximum available fund of £75,000. The project will need a bank account to accept the funding.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for submissions is midnight Friday 3 December 2021. Application forms and supporting information should be submitted to communityandlocalenergy@enwl.co.uk

Successful projects will be made aware of the outcome in early 2022.

Application process

To apply please download the criteria document, additional guidance and application form below.

If you have any questions about the process or the criteria, please contact us at communityandlocalenergy@enwl.co.uk.

The fund is part of our Community and Local Energy Strategy which sets out our vision for supporting the growth of community energy and to help meet the UK’s net zero target of 2050.

Supporting documents

Case studies

Find out about current and previous successful projects here.

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