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Third in new Next Generation webinar series scheduled for August

31 July 2020

In June, and coinciding with Community Energy Fortnight (13-28 June 2020), we held the first in a series of 12 webinars featuring six Next Generation projects and six other innovative community energy initiatiaves. Each 90-minute webinar in the Innovation Lab series will feature one of the projects. It will be a chance to hear in detail... Read more

WPD Energy Affordability Fund - launch of new round

22 July 2020

Great news for community groups doing fuel poverty work! The second round of the Western Power Distribution (WPD) Energy Affordability Fund is open for applications.The first round of the Energy Affordability Fund grant scheme ran in late 2018. Six community-focused organisations shared over £75,000 to be spend on initiatives that support fuel poor... Read more

A helping hand: communities supporting each other through crisis

8 July 2020

In March as the Covid-19 pandemic began to hit the UK, one of our clients, Thrive Renewables, allocated £21,000 to a new pot from which to donate to local groups coming together to respond to the crisis.The money came from the Community Benefit Programme plus savings Thrive made on business travel as the country went into... Read more

Community Energy England release Community Energy Vision 2030 and State of the Sector report

22 June 2020

Community Energy England has launched the Community Energy 2030 Vision alongside their State of the Sector Report. The Vision was formed from the input of a wide range of sector practitioners and defines and explains community energy, showcasing the sector's ambitions as we race towards 2030. It highlights the diverse and meaningful benefits of... Read more

New funding opportunities for community Covid-19 support

18 June 2020

There are a couple of exciting new funding opportunities for community groups supporting vulnerable people in Wales and the South-West of England in the wake of Covid-19. Check to see if your group might be eligible to apply! WWU Safe and Warm Fund - Wales and West Utilities recently announced a new £50,000... Read more

Deadline extended for applications to Bright Green Future 2020

7 June 2020

Applications for Bright Green Future are still open and now set to close on 24 July 2020. For more details on the programme and how to apply, take a look at the guidance booklet from the Bright Green Future website.Bright Green Future is CSE's environmental leadership programme for 14-17 year olds who want... Read more

Next Generation webinar series to share learnings from community energy projects

20 May 2020

Launching next month and to mark Community Energy Fortnight (13-28 June 2020), we're kicking off a series of 12 webinars featuring six Next Generation projects and six other innovative community energy initiatiaves. Each 90-minute webinar will feature one of the projects and will be a chance to hear in detail about... Read more

Bright Green Future programme open for applications

18 May 2020

Bright Green Future, CSE's national environmental youth project, is now accepting applications for its fifth and latest cohort of young people. The £1 million National-Lottery funded scheme, managed by the Communities team at CSE, offers a unique and free year-long curriculum of environmental training for 14-17 year olds from across the... Read more

Power Partners fund helps to support isolated communities in East Sussex

16 May 2020

There are two weeks left for community groups and not-for-profit organisations to submit applications to round three of the Power Partners fund from UK Power Networks.Sums of between £2,000 and £20,000 are available for initiatives that combat fuel poverty and support people in vulnerable circumstances and those most affected by Covid-19. More... Read more

Update: £300,000 fund for Covid-19 support now first-come, first-served

8 May 2020

The latest round of UK Power Networks' Power Partners fund is now accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis until its deadline on 31st May. Round 3 of the significant grant scheme - which funds not-for-profit organisations in UK Power Networks' region - has been specifically repurposed to help organisations who... Read more

Community energy groups continue to aid in Covid-19 relief

6 May 2020

Community-led renewable energy projects are continuing to lead support efforts in the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Since March, community energy groups from across the UK have been mobilising crisis funds to help vulnerable groups during the Coronavirus pandemic. These have been set aside to directly support their local communities in a variety... Read more

Coronavirus recovery plan 'must tackle climate change'

29 April 2020

The UK government has set out the need to integrate tackling climate change into plans for economic recovery after Covid-19.Earlier this week, the Climate Secretary Alok Sharma stressed that ‘the world must work together, as it has to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, to support a green and resilient recovery,... Read more

£300,000 to fund community support organisations during Covid-19

23 April 2020

Applications are now open for round 3 of the Power Partners fund.Community groups and not-for-profit organisations are once again invited to apply for sums of between £2,000 and £20,000 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty and support people in vulnerable circumstances and those most affected by Covid-19.This £300,000 per year... Read more

Latest funding opportunities

17 April 2020

Some exciting new funding opportunities have opened for applications in the last week or so. Do check to see if your community group or project might be eligible for support: FCC Community Action Fund – FCC are inviting registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC-registered sports clubs to apply... Read more

Community energy groups lead Coronavirus support efforts

9 April 2020

In the first week of the Covid-19 lockdown, a collection of community energy groups have mobilised £100,000 of Corona Crisis Funds to support vulnerable people in their local areas.The groups, part of Communities for Renewables’ ‘collective of local energy schemes, all distributed the money from surpluses generated by community-owned solar... Read more

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update

30 March 2020

We've made radical changes to our working practices that will last for the duration of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis.In line with government advice, the office is closed. All staff are working from home with the exception of just two who – while observing social distancing and hygiene guidelines – are servicing... Read more

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