Green Open Homes autumn event funding

Apply for a grant by mid-June

29 April 2015

To stimulate new Green Open Homes events and boost the ambition of existing ones, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has a grant fund to help cover the costs of organising events which we are administering.

Organisers of open homes events can now apply for grants of up to £7,500 for events taking place in September and October of this year. The deadline for applications is 15 June.

So far this year, there have have been 16 successful applications to the fund, and four of these from organisers that are new to open homes events. Of the new events, two are in Cornwall and the others in York and Norwich; it's great to see funded activity planned for areas that were under-represented in 2014. A handful of events have already taken place and there is plenty scheduled in the next month  initial estimates suggest that around 200 homes will have opened altogether by the end of May.

Download the application form here. The new, simpler, application form has more focus on project plans and budgets to help organisers demonstrate clearly what they want to achieve with the grant.

A mentor group of experienced organisers will be established to offer help and support to newer groups. And look out for our summer networking event for organisers, home openers and volunteers; time and place TBC. Sign up to our Community Energy Update newsletter or follow @CSE_communities to stay in touch.

And if you want to speak to someone about setting up a Green Open Homes event, email us at communities@cse.org.uk or give us a call on 0117 934 1400 (this is the switchboard at the Centre for Sustainable Energy, so you'll need to ask to speak to someone about Green Open Homes).

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