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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

New funding

17 March 2020

A few new exciting funding opportunities have come to our attention! If you are on the hunt for financing for your community energy project or group, check to see if you might be eligible for support from these schemes.MCS Charitable Foundation Grants – The charitable arm of the Microgeneration Certification... Read more

Low Carbon Hub open their Community Energy Fund 2020

16 March 2020

This week, Low Carbon Hub opened their Community Energy Fund to a new round of investment. They're aiming to raise £1.5 million of investment by 10 June 2020, which will be put towards two key funding needs: Continuing to grow their portfolio of renewable energy generation projects across Oxfordshire, including roof-mounted solar... Read more

Statement from Community Energy England on the latest government budget (11th March 2020)

13 March 2020

A budget intended to ‘unleash the energy, inventiveness and creativity of all the British people’ does nothing for Community Energy.Duncan Law, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Community Energy England:“This Budget could have been far more ambitious in its scope to create a better, cleaner and more equitable energy system creating more... Read more

New webinar series offers practical climate emergency support for Parish Clerks

1 March 2020

Town and parish councils have a vital role to play in addressing the climate emergency. Operating at the closest level to communities, they are uniquely placed to inspire grassroots action, set a leadership example and provide a focal point for practical, local action on the climate emergency.Yet although many Town... Read more

New community buildings funding

27 February 2020

There are a couple of new funds available to support energy efficiency improvements to community buildings – check if your project might be eligible!Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund – This £700,000 fund is managed by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and provides loans of up to £20,000 for... Read more

Neighbourhood planning guide - 3rd edition out now!

12 February 2020

As the issue of climate change continue to dominate our deadlines, we're pleased to be publishing the 3rd edition of our guidebook for people wishing to shape their locality and make a positive contribution to cutting carbon through a neighbourhood plan. Click here to download Neighbourhood Planning in a Climate Emergency. This... Read more

Next steps for the OpenLV project

2 February 2020

OpenLV is a groundbreaking, £6m project that has been making local electricity data openly available – to the energy industry, community groups and app developers.The project, run by EA Technology and delivered in partnership with Western Power Distrubtion (WPD), included community trials in which CSE helped community organisations to access... Read more

2020 funding opportunities

24 January 2020

New year = lots of new funding opportunities for community energy projects and groups!Trusthouse grants for community centres - The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering community centres in deprived urban and rural communities the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £7,500 and £60,000. Grants can be used to... Read more

State of the Sector Survey 2020

21 January 2020

The community energy State of the Sector Survey 2020 is now live!Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales invite community organisations working on low carbon energy projects to respond to the Survey as soon as possible so they can investigate the number, nature, and outcomes of community energy initiatives throughout... Read more

Community-generated green electricity to be offered to all in UK

16 January 2020

All UK homes will soon be able to use energy from community renewable schemes across the country with the first energy tariff to offer clean electricity exclusively from community projects.The deal, from Co-op Energy, will charge an extra £5 a month over Co-op’s regular tariff to provide electricity from community... Read more

Exciting funding opportunities!

27 December 2019

As the year draws to a close, be sure to check out these new funding options. Your community energy group or project may be eligible for support…Severn Trent Community Fund – The water company have a new pot of £10 million to support local projects, charities and groups over the... Read more