Next Generation: Round 2 open for applications ...
1 July 2019
Today (1 July) the Next Generation Fund has reopened for Round 2.
The £1m fund and expert support programme launched last year and will pioneer innovative community-led projects and business models. In Round 1 (which closed on 13 January 2019), five community businesses in England were selected to develop new local-level decarbonised-energy business models in partnership with our expert consortium and will be given the opportunity to apply for up to £100k to develop their business model. You can read about these awards here.
Round 2 is open until 15 September. We are seeking to identify a further five community businesses to fund, and potential applicants can access the guidance document and application forms here.
CSE's Rachel Coxcoon is managing the project. "The traditional community energy models - such as owning a wind turbine or large solar array - have become less viable because of changes in government policy. Nevertheless, the move to a smarter and more decentralised energy system offers the community energy sector the chance to explore opportunities in areas like time-of-use tariffs, electric-car charging or battery storage. Next Generation is designed to stimulate innovation in the community business sector and will be open to a wide range of proposals."