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Powering up! The project goes into lockdown...

9 October 2020

Our Powering Up project has been exploring ways to kick-start and support community-led energy action in lower income communities. We’ve been working in Hamp (Bridgwater), Duffryn (Newport) and Penhill (Swindon).It’s been a learning journey! We’ve tried different approaches to engagement, and whilst residents have attended events and demonstrated an interest... Read more

New funding opportunity for community groups

24 September 2020

A couple of new funding opportunities for community groups have come to our attention in the last few weeks. Do take a look to see if your community group or project might be eligible for support!Bath & West Community Energy Fund grant  - BWCE are offering grants of up to... Read more

Bright Green Future programme welcomes new cohort of young people

15 September 2020

Bright Green Future, the environmental youth programme managed by the Communities team at CSE, this week welcomed its fifth cohort of passionate young people. Over the course of the next 12 months, the 51 students selected to join the latest round of the National Lottery funded-scheme will be challenged to develop... Read more

Our thoughts about the government's proposed planning reforms

11 September 2020

The Government's planning White Paper (published on 6 August) proposes to completely rewrite the English planning system. While CSE accepts that the existing regime is not perfect, we are deeply concerned that the Government's proposals both undermine local democracy and will be detrimental to the fight against the climate emergency.  The White Paper is... Read more

Virtual climate emergency action days for local councils

22 August 2020

Hundreds of local authorities and councils have passed declarations of a Climate Emergency. But where do they go from here? How do they go from warm words and good intentions to actually and effectively supporting the rapid transition to a zero-carbon economy?This is a particular issue for smaller units like parish and town councils,... Read more

Eight more organisations funded to combat fuel poverty in the wake of Covid-19

15 August 2020

CSE is pleased to announce that a further eight organisations have been awarded funding in Round 3 of UK Power Networks' Power Partners scheme.These organisations are working with communities in London, Norfolk, Essex, Kent and Bedfordshire, delivering initiatives that combat fuel poverty and support people in vulnerable circumstances by increasing their... Read more

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