14 Jul 2022

North West

Time running out to apply for £75,000 fund

Time is running out for groups and organisations across the North West to apply for transformational funding.

Earlier this year, Electricity North West launched its popular Powering our Communities fund.

The fund, worth £75,000, is part of the firm’s commitment to supporting the growth of local and community energy projects to help meet the UK’s target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Ahead of the July 19th deadline, community energy manager Helen Seagrave is urging groups to apply and not get caught out by the fast approaching deadline.

She said: “We’ve had a tremendous response since launching the fund in May having received a number of applications.

“The popularity of the fund has really grown since first launching in 2017 and I think that’s because people are starting to take much more notice about community energy because they want to do something to tackle climate change, while getting local benefits too.

“Now is the time to make a difference in your community and that’s why we still want to hear from groups or organisations that may need a helping hand with current or new projects.”

Now in its fifth year, groups and organisations throughout the North West have benefited from more than £275,000 worth of funding.

Applications can be submitted by any type of organisation or community group if they can demonstrate the community involvement or local benefit of their project. 

Projects in partnership with organisations such as local authorities and businesses will also be accepted if it is clear what control and benefit the local community as a result of the project.

Funding up to £15,000 per project is available as Electricity North West wants to target projects which investigate or pilot new business models or ways of working, scale up delivery of a community or local energy project or group, or projects that address specific barriers that are holding back the development of community or local energy.

Applications for the fund must be submitted by Tuesday 19 July and successful applicants will be notified by September.

To find out more information please visit www.enwl.co.uk/funding.