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Powering our Communities Fund

The Powering our Communities Fund grants funding to community and local energy groups across the North West for projects that support the aim of putting community and local energy at the heart of our communities.

The Powering our Communities Fund is now closed to applications. Thank you very much to everyone who has submitted an application. We're currently assessing them and will get in touch with the applicants soon.

Previous funding

In the latest round of funding we awarded almost £80,000 to six different projects. These were:

  • Cumbria Farmer Network and Cumbria Action for Sustainability: investigate demand and viability of on-farm renewables in Fellfoot 
  • Cumbria Action for Sustainability: extend the community solar projects to new communities across Cumbria 
  • Leigh Building Preservation Trust: establish costed options for the use of renewable energy and energy conservation in the historic mill complex 
  • Salford Diocesan Trust: complete a feasibility study to facilitate investment in solar energy across a portfolio of around 1,100 buildings 
  • Middleton Co-operating: establish a local solar PV operative and identify opportunities for community owned PV 
  • Carbon Coop: pilot a renewable energy project and engage young people in local resident’s energy transition 

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. However, you must be able to show community involvement or local benefit of your project.

We also welcome projects in partnership with organisations such as local authorities and businesses as long as it's 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.

The Powering our Communities Fund will re-open later in 2022 – sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know.

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