Community Fund

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Bath & West Community Energy Fund supports local community projects that target carbon reduction and/or fuel poverty. The Fund has received over £170,000 from BWCE of which it has to date distributed around £155,000 in grants to support local community action.

The Community Fund is open for applications from 17thSeptember 2019.

The deadline for applications is 9am on 25th November 2019.

Decisions will be announced in January 2020.

Applications are open to charities, community, voluntary or self-help groups in Bath and the surrounding area, which includes West Wiltshire and South Somerset. Applications from projects in the vicinity of existing BWCE projects are particularly welcome.

Grants of between £500 to £5,000 are available for projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions and/or address fuel poverty.

  • Reducing carbon emissions 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.
  • Fuel poverty relates to the lack of affordable warmth and projects might focus on approaches to improving the conditions of those in fuel poverty.
  • We also welcome projects that raise awareness of climate change and encourage positive action, including behavioural change.
  • We will also consider grants to fund preliminary assessments and energy efficiency reviews or audits in order for organisations to meet the application criteria for larger funds.

For more information and to check eligibility please read the fund guidelines carefully.

Quartet Community Foundation administers the BWCE Fund grant programme. To apply please go to their BWCE Community Fund page.

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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. The trustees are Sophie Hooper Lea (chair), Carole Bond, Sheila Gundry, Simon Forsyth. Peter Andrews and Pete Capener.

The fund is administered by The Quartet Community Foundation