Grants available for local projects aiming to reduce carbon emissions

By Anita Jaynes on 24 September, 2020

Groups with charitable aims who want to help the local community improve the environment can now apply for up to £5,000 through the Bath and West Community Energy Fund (BWCE Fund) grant programme.

If you are a local community organisation that wants to shrink its carbon footprint, address fuel poverty and climate change or increase the resilience of communities in the wake of Covid-19 in a way that also reduces carbon emissions, then you are eligible to apply.

The funding for the grants comes from Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE) as part of the work it does in supporting the communities in which it operates. The Award-winning BWCE was set up in 2010 to own and develop renewable energy projects and has since become one of the largest community-owned energy companies in the UK.

As a Community Benefit Society, it gives surplus income to BWCE Fund, which has asked Quartet Community Foundation to administer the BWCE Fund grant funding programme, giving grants to community groups and local environmental organisations.

Applications for grants of up to £5,000 are invited before the 2nd November 2020 deadline.

Last year nine projects received over £28,000 in funding to lower carbon emissions and address fuel poverty. Carbon reduction does not just relate to energy projects; it might also include local food, sustainable transport or waste reduction or any activity that reduces carbon emissions.

Sophie Hooper Lea, Chair of Trustees for BWCE Fund, said, “This year, of all years, I am extremely grateful to BWCE and its members for giving surplus income to the BWCE Fund for us to redistribute to vital community projects improving our environment. As communities work together to recover from the Covid-19 crisis, we will now consider applications for projects that increase the resilience of communities in a way that also reduces carbon emissions.”

Claire Wynne Hughes, Quartet Community Foundation’s Philanthropy Executive for Bath and NES, added, “Grant funding has never been more needed as communities recover from the pandemic and this grant programme has the double benefit of supporting projects which reduce carbon emissions and those that tackle fuel poverty.”

Interested projects need to apply through the Quartet Community Foundation website: quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/bath-west-community-energy-2/

Pictured above: Alice Park Community Garden planted a sustainable forest garden thanks to a BWCE grant awarded to Transition Larkhall