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 Tuesday 19 July 2022

We can now invite applications for projects that put community and local energy at the heart of communities, and in particular can demonstrate how they can contribute to the delivery of one, or more, of the following priorities:

  1. Helping communities to establish a group or develop the scope for a community energy project
  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 looking for projects that lay the foundations to help communities 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.   

For details of previous fund winners please take a look at our case studies.

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 particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups or other groups that are often ‘seldom heard’ or at risk of being left behind as we move towards renewable energy.

What can be funded?

The funding can be used to support a wide range of activities including:

  • 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 2022-October 2023 unless agreed otherwise.

How much funding is available?

Successful projects will receive between £1,000 and £15,000 and the project will need a bank account to accept the funding. In total, there is up to £75,000 available to support projects.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for submissions is midnight Tuesday 19 July.

Application forms and any supporting information should be emailed to

We will announce successful projects in autumn 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 or find out more by watching a recording of our recent webinar.

Supporting documents

Case studies

Find out about current and previous successful projects here.

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