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Powering our Communities Fund

The Powering our Communities Fund is a grant fund for local community based projects with the aim of supporting a just energy transition by enabling communities to take part in the development and delivery of community energy projects.

Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 26th July 2024

We are pleased to be able to invite applications for projects that support a just transition be enabling communities to take part in the development and delivery of community energy projects.

In particular, projects that can demonstrate how they can contribute to the delivery of one, or more, of the following priorities:

  1. Activity to seed the development of a community energy project
  2. Activity to address a specific barrier that is holding back the development of a community energy project
  3. Adopting a proven community energy approach or business model in a new community or situation. 

We are looking for projects that will lay the foundations to enable communities to go on to deliver projects with significant impacts such as carbon savings, local economic benefits, enhanced community resilience and communities that feel more empowered to take action on climate change.   

Our fund is open to all of our community and we particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic groups or other groups that are often “seldom heard” or at risk of being left behind in the energy systems transition.

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 has as a result of the project.

For details of previous fund winners please see the case studies pages.

Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from a wide range of any type of organisation including community energy groups or businesses, energy cooperatives, any time of community-based organisation, environmental groups or organisations, parish, schools or local authorities as long as they can demonstrate the community involvement or local benefit of their project. 

What can be funded?

The funding can be used to support a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Staff time or technical expertise;
  • Upskilling or training of community members;
  • Feasibility or research studies;
  • Engagement events or other engagement methods and materials;
  • Equipment

Projects will run from October 2024 -October 2025 unless agreed otherwise.

How much funding is available?

We will award successful projects with between £5,000 and £15,000 and the project will need a bank account to accept the funding.  There is up to £100,000 available in total to support projects.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 26th July 2024. 

Application forms and supporting information should be submitted to

Successful projects will be made aware of the outcome in Autumn 2024.

Application Process

To apply please download the guidance and application form below.

If you have any questions about the process or the criteria or would like to arrange a surgery session to discuss your idea, please contact us at

Supporting documents 

Case studies

Take a look at our case studies of local community energy projects from across the region.

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