Megawatt Community Energy Fund Grant
This grant programme is currently closed to applications.
- Opening Date:
- 12th February 2020 , 10:00 am
- Closing Date:
- 10th June 2020 , 10:00 am
- Maximum grant awarded:
- £5,000. In exceptional circumstances higher awards may be considered.
Extension of closing date
The decision has been taken to extend the Megawatt Grant application submission closing date, to ensure that applicants have time to complete an application during this challenging time, or modify an application in response to changing circumstances.
In light of the current emergency, we welcome applications for activities that seek to meet the aims of the grant programme, in ways that address the challenges resulting from the continuing threat of Coronavirus.
The Megawatt Community Energy Fund uses profit from the business activity of Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano to encourage and support community action on reducing carbon in our atmosphere, and/or making energy more affordable. Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano are working with Quartet Community Foundation to administer these funds.
What can you apply for?
Climate change is caused by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide. Burning fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and gas, puts carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and this is a major cause of climate change. We burn fossil fuels to generate energy, this includes electricity at home and at work, heating water and buildings and powering our transport system (eg cars, planes and ships). Other causes of climate change include cutting down and burning forests (as trees absorb carbon and release it when cut down or burned) and raising livestock.
To slow and eventually reverse climate change, we need to switch to renewable energy sources, be more efficient in our energy and resource use, and find ways of taking greenhouse gases out of our atmosphere. It is important everyone can access and afford the energy they need and finding solutions to climate change is an opportunity to make our energy systems more local and fairer.
Climate change is happening now, solutions are available now, and we all can make a difference now, which is why the fund is supporting projects that aim to:
- Raise awareness of climate change, its solutions and how to reduce its impact (mitigation). This includes public outreach through talks, workshops, campaigns, and social, arts or sports activity.
- Reduce fossil fuel consumption of individuals, organisations and communities either directly through energy measures, or indirectly through the more efficient use of resources. Projects do not have to be energy projects but must have clear aims to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. This could include transport projects (e.g. encouraging cycling and public transport use), local food growing projects (which reduce our use of food transported long distances), horticultural projects (e.g. planting trees and plants which absorb carbon), community sharing and networking (e.g. lift sharing, projects to spread good ideas), IT (e.g. harnessing social media) and health projects (e.g. healthy eating & exercise).
- Reduce fuel poverty to ensure everyone can access and afford the energy they need. This could include helping people on low incomes to understand their energy bills and how to reduce them, switching energy provider, and accessing grants to improve the energy efficiency of their home.
The grant programme can support all costs relating to the project or activity/project, including a contribution to core costs (e.g. core staff costs, office costs), project costs (e.g. venue hire, project worker) and capital costs. The fund encourages applications for the funding of innovative ideas, including pilot projects, as well as for the development and growth of existing projects.
Who can apply?
The Megawatt Community Energy Fund is open to groups or projects working in South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, and Sedgemoor District (Somerset). It is particularly targeted at small organisations with charitable aims. You do not have to be an energy or environmental group.
Please download and read the guidelines below before applying for a grant.