Bath & West Community Energy Fund supports local community projects that target carbon reduction and/or fuel poverty. BWCE has given the BWCE Fund and other charitable organisations £205,000 to date and over £185,000 of this has been distributed in grants to support local community action.
The Community Fund has now closed to applications for this year. Decisions on this year’s applications will be announced in January 2020.
The fund is due to open again in Autumn 2020.
To see the sorts of community projects that received funding in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015, see the links on the top right of this web page. Examples of projects supported include local food production, energy efficiency improvements in community buildings, re-use and recycling projects, fuel poverty programmes, solar water pumping at a community orchard, schools projects, water conservation, energy audits and energy advice among many other things.
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 reduce the impact of peak oil, 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. Information on the charity trustees can be found here. The fund is administered by The Quartet Community Foundation