Next Generation fund awards almost £500k to five community energy projects across England

9 September 2019

Five community groups with bright ideas for energy innovation have been awarded almost £500,000 from Power to Change’s Next Generation Fund.

The schemes, which include community smart lighting, harvesting solar power to charge electric vehicles, and a dedicated energy saving service for local schools, are the first five to be awarded grants thanks to a pioneering new fund dedicated to supporting community led energy innovation.

Next Generation, funded by the independent trust Power to Change, aims to identify and support genuinely sustainable, financially viable and innovative community businesses focused on environmental innovation.

The fund is about to close its second round of applications on 15 September but there’s still time for community groups with bold ideas to apply.

Application details can be found here: www.next-generation.org.uk/grants

Click here for more information about the five groups awarded funding.


Next Generation is delivered by a multi-disciplinary consortium: the Centre for Sustainable Energy (lead partner), Everoze Partners, Low Carbon Hub, Cooperatives UK, Cooperative Futures, Social and Sustainable Capital, and SFW Communications.

Application details can be found here: www.next-generation.org.uk/grants

For more information you can email next-generation@cse.org.uk or phone 0117 934 1400.