To see the sorts of projects that received funding in 2017, 2016 and 2015, see the links on the top right of this web page.
The Community Fund is funded from surplus income from BWCE and donations from BWCE members. Surplus income is that which is left over after the company’s running expenses (for example repayment of bank loans, premises costs and staff costs) and members’ interest has been paid. The amounts to be allocated to the BWCE Fund will be approved by members at each AGM. It is intended that, should our generating capacity targets be met, there will be increasing amounts passed to the Community Fund for distribution.
The overall aim of the Community Fund is to support projects which will help mitigate against the effects of peak oil and resources, climate change and fuel poverty in Bath and surrounding areas. It will do this by providing financial support, via grant funding or investments, in local projects that meet the selection criteria. Project proposals would have to demonstrate that they promote environmental sustainability, low or zero use of energy and/or alleviate fuel poverty. Emphasis will be on practical projects that lead to real community benefits.
The Bath & West Low Carbon Community Fund (operating as the BWCE Fund) has been registered as an independent Registered Charity Number 1156710 by the Charity Commissioners. The trustees are Peter Harvey (chair), Carole Bond, Pete Capener and Peter Andrews.
The fund is administered by The Quartet Community Foundation.
More information on how to apply will be available on the Quartet Community Foundation’s website here when next year’s fund opens.