BWCE Community Fund awards £28,000 to boost local community projects

An eco-therapy allotment, an edible food forest, a nappy library, energy ambassadors in schools, energy advice events, thermal home surveys, a solar powered village hall, family climate action and a song about climate change solutions. All these will benefit from the latest round of the BWCE Community Fund. £28,370 has been awarded to nine organisations to help them reduce carbon emissions and address fuel poverty through awareness raising, practical action and behaviour change. Find out about the successful projects at the 2020 allocations page

Pictured are successful community fund applicants Family Action on Climate Emergency (FACE) and Keynsham Community Energy.

The Community Fund is funded from surplus income from BWCE and donations from BWCE members. Further information on the Community Fund can be found here and if you want to make a donation to the fund the details are here.

We are very grateful to the family of former BWCE member Kate Hall for their legacy donation of £1,000, which is funding the Alice Park Community Garden Edible Food Forest. Community Gardener Carole Stone said: “We were particularly touched to learn that our grant was made possible thanks to the generosity of the family of a BWCE member, who made the donation in memory of their loved one.

Flex Community update

Applications have closed for our Flex Community pilot project on hot water heating and we are currently installing the Stemy Energy controller and app in a number of households. Over the next few months the project will be widening its scope to integrate solar pv and manage electricity demand from space heating (heat pumps) and electric vehicle charging. For more information check out the Flex Community project webpage and email [email protected] if you want to receive notifications for the next stage of the project.

New web pages to help you influence local decision making

There are lots of opportunities to engage in local democracy in your area to support community energy and climate emergency initiatives. However, information on how you can get involved in local democracy can be hard to find. To help you we have created a new Influencing Local Decision Making section of the website. There are suggestions for how you make your voice heard plus links through to specific pages for residents of B&NES and Wiltshire.