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Grants of up to £4,000 for energy saving in community buildings

27 July 2021

Round 5 of Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme

Round 5 of the Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme is now open with around £30,000 to give out in grants for energy saving measures in community buildings.2021 is the fifth year that this grant programme has run, and, as before, village halls, community centres, church halls and similar facilities can apply... Read more

CSE offers £100,000 to support low carbon community projects across Birmingham

21 May 2021

As part of our work supporting the decarbonisation of Birmingham, CSE is offering £100,000 to community groups across Birmingham to support citywide low carbon sustainability projects. Applications open on 7 June and can focus around a wide range of areas including behaviour change, air pollution, transport, energy and health. Sign up to... Read more

New funding opportunity for tree planting

27 April 2021

Communities and landowners in England can apply for the Trees for Climate, a new DEFRA funded project supporting community forests. Funding is available to establish and maintain woodlands, orchards and hedgerows with trees. Read more

Peer Mentoring deadline extended to 4 May 2021

27 April 2021

There's still time for individuals to apply for the Next Generation peer mentoring programme. If you are part of a community energy group, or active in your local community and interested in energy related projects, we would encourage you to apply, whether you are new to the sector or are... Read more

Watch our Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund Event

27 April 2021

Last month (11 March), CSE was delighted to host a very successful event for the Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund event. The Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to support researchers investigating the relationship between people and energy.68 stakeholders joined the event to discuss their... Read more

Upcoming webinars in Innovation Lab community energy series

17 April 2021

We have two upcoming dates for our Innovation Lab webinars on community energy. On Thursday 29 April (10:30-12:00), Gus and Catherine from Nadder Community Energy will be discussing their recent project to set up an electric car club in the village of Tisbury, Wiltshire. Click here to find out more and... Read more

Our response to proposed changes to the planning policy framework

25 March 2021

The Centre for Sustainable Energy and Town & Country Planning Association have led a coalition* that has submitted a joint response to the government's consultation on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).You can read our submission here.The central plank of our response is that the proposed changes to the NPPF... Read more

Data Hub will provide raw material for decarbonisation in Birmingham

25 March 2021

Today (25 March 2021) sees the launch of an exciting data hub - a website which makes available a range of data sets including open data on housing, travel, waste, energy and emissions.The website is easy to use, with some clever features to help with data visualisation. It's at www.3dhub.org.uk.Datasets on... Read more

Opportunity for local authorities to develop a community energy plan

24 March 2021

Community engagement is at the heart of talking the climate emergency. A two-way conversation around renewable energy development is the key to helping create a brighter future for your communities.That is why we are offering two local authorities in England the fantastic opportunity to take part in a new renewable... Read more

In the year of COP26, we should be doing better than this ...

23 March 2021

What does CSE want to see from the latest round of changes to the National Planning Policy Framework? Dan Stone was one of the authors of our response to the government consultation ...So here we are, responding to yet another government planning consultation, this time re-writes to the National Planning Policy... Read more

New funding opportunities!

17 March 2021

We have a few new and exciting funding opportunities that may be able to support your community project or group. Take a look to see which you might be eligible to apply for...We also keep a list of established funding opportunities in the funding list on our Local Energy site.... Read more

Community carbon footprint tool launched

4 March 2021

Impact, the community-scale carbon footprint tool, was launched on 26 February.Click here to go to the Impact website: impact-tool.org.uk.The aim of Impact is to give small communities (parishes and towns) usable data on their carbon emissions that is easy to understand, easy to share, and which gives them a clear idea... Read more

Innovation Lab community energy webinar series - thermal-imaging

25 February 2021

The next in our monthly series of Innovation Lab webinars on community energy is on Wednesday, 24 March (10.30-12.00). Jamie Hanlon & Mike Andrews of Bristol's not-for-profit CIC The C.H.E.E.S.E. Project will talk about using thermal-imaging to reduce domestic energy losses. Homes are photographed with theral-imaging camerals and surveys produced for the householder that identify where... Read more

Funding opportunities!

24 February 2021

We have a few funding opportunities to share! If your community group or project is in need of some financial support, read on for further details. We also keep a list of established funding opportunities in the funding list on our Local Energy site. If you haven't already, do take a... Read more

Peer support for community groups with bright ideas for energy innovation...

22 February 2021

Community energy groups across England can benefit from a new peer support programme, launched today (22 February 2021) to help develop new and innovative business models.The Next Generation Community Energy Peer Mentoring programme aims to harness the skills, enthusiasm and expertise of the community energy sector. Funded by the independent trust Power... Read more

Enabling a high renewable, net zero electricity system: BEIS call for evidence

21 February 2021

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has put out a call for evidence around the future deployment of renewable energy technologies in the UK.Significant levels of renewable rollout are needed to achieve the UK's current net-zero targets. Ensuring the right policy framework is in place to support... Read more

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