Do you know a community group that needs support to reduce carbon emissions or tackle fuel poverty?

The BWCE Fund is now open for applications until 12 noon on Friday 3rd November.

To be eligible for funding the project must aim to reduce carbon emissions and/or address fuel poverty in Bath and the surrounding area. Carbon reduction does not just relate to energy projects; it might also include local food, sustainable transport or waste reduction or indeed any activity that reduces carbon emissions. This year we would particularly welcome applications relating to fuel poverty/affordable warmth, ensuring that everyone can access and afford energy this winter.

Over the past nine years the BWCE Fund has given out 91 grants to a variety of community projects. Here are some examples of projects supported by the fund in the past couple of years:

  • Energy efficiency/fuel debt advice, energy saving workshops and information packs targeted at families in fuel poverty and people with learning disabilities.
  • The purchase of slow cookers and the production of slow cooker recipe books.
  • Energy efficiency improvements in community buildings, including insulation and low carbon heating systems.
  • A food garden to provide food and growing skills for carers, a solar-powered barn for a community farm and a rainwater harvesting system for a community orchard.
  • A feasibility study for a traffic-free, multi-user greenway and learn-to-cycle sessions for families and adults.
  • Development of a physical Climate Hub and projects to engage neighbours, families and schoolchildren people in climate action.

You can apply to the fund and see more examples of projects funded in previous years at the links below.

The fund is managed by Quartet Community Foundation and funding decisions are made by a group of independent trustees.