M&S communtiy energy fund

Cast your vote now

15 September 2015

Voting is open for the 136 projects shortlisted for the new M&S Energy Fund. Those with the most votes when the ballot closes on the 30 September will win a share of the £400,000 available. A number of the projects are groups who have worked with, or had support from, CSE.

Five on the list submitted successful applications to the Urban Community Energy Fund. This is money we administer on behalf of the government to enable groups to progress through the riskier planning and development stages of large scale community renewable projects. Plans now in place, the groups are seeking finance to advance their proposals.

Moss Community Energy
Woughton Community Energy
Liverpool Community Renewables
South East London Community Energy
Hartlepool Community Solar

Several of the candidates require funding to continue their enthusiastic efforts to improve the energy efficiency of community buildings. We've previously awarded Transition Langport, Zion Community Arts and The Trinity Centre grants through the Bristol Community Building Fund and Western Power Distribution Community Chest. The latter scheme relaunched last week, offering grants of up to £1,000 from a pot of £50k to help community groups reduce energy use in their buildings.

Others – Avalon Community Energy and Fowey Renewable Energy Enterprise – have sought general advice from our community energy team that is available to any UK group.

The best way to get in touch for such advice is via communities@cse.org.uk.

To vote in the M&S Energy Fund, visit www.mandsenergyfund.com. Good luck to all shortlisted projects!

Photo: Keith Ivey, Flickr, reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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