BWCE Fund opens for new applications

PRESS RELEASE  4 October 2017

Nearly £30,000 up for grabs as Bath & West Community Energy Fund opens for applications

Bath & West Community Energy Fund opens for the fourth year running to applications from local organisations that want to shrink their carbon footprint or address the real issues of fuel poverty and climate change.

The fund, nearly £30,000 this year, comes from Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) as part of the work it does in supporting the communities in which it operates.

The fund has in the past awarded 28 grants for a total of £90,988 with money going to schools, community groups and a variety of local environmental organisations. The 2017/18 programme opened 28 September and runs until 17 November. Applications are sought for grants of up to £5,000. Full details of the grants awarded can be found on BWCE’s website

Interested projects need to apply through the Quartet Community Foundation website

One of the grants awarded in 2016 was to fund the “Borrow It” project run by Time Bank Plus, a charity based in Twerton. The “Borrow It” library of things enables local people to share resources and borrow items such as gardening tools, camping equipment, tools (especially drills), and even a carpet cleaner. Viv Talbot, Manager at Time Bank Plus, told members at the BWCE AGM on 27 September how delighted Time Bank Plus was with the response to the project and the donations of useful items. Viv said: ”The “Borrow it” project has attracted a lot of interest in the local area and we are very grateful to the BWCE Fund for the grant to set it up”.

Award-winning company BWCE was set up in 2010 to own and develop renewable energy projects and has since become the largest community-owned energy company in England. As a Community Benefit Society it gives its surplus profits to the BWCE Fund, which has asked Quartet Community Foundation to administer the BWCE Fund grant programme.

Chair of the BWCE Fund, Peter Harvey, said, “It’s very satisfying to not only give our members a reasonable return on their investment but to be able to use our surplus profits to fund a whole range of local projects. It is important to remember that carbon reduction does not just relate to energy projects, but might include local food, sustainable transport, or waste reduction. We are keen to support projects that will, by reducing carbon emissions, go towards protecting future generations from the effects of climate change.”

“We’re delighted to be working with the BWCE Fund”, said Quartet Community Foundation’s Chief Executive Sue Turner. “This grants programme has the double benefit of supporting projects which reduce carbon emissions and those that tackle fuel poverty. It also often cuts groups’ fuel bills, helping them to carry on running their vital services well into the future.”

The deadline for applications is 17 November 2017. For full details of the fund and to check if your group is eligible to apply, visit and apply online at www.quartetcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant or you can call or email Quartet Community Foundation on 0117 989 7700 or [email protected]

 

 

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