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Fund title: Community Energy Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

Grants up to £25,000 to develop and strengthen the capacity of the community energy sector in Devon

Application deadline:

8 November 2021

Fund description:

Devon County Council has launched a new scheme to support, develop and fund a small number of high-quality community energy initiatives that will help to advance and strengthen the community energy sector in Devon. The Community Energy Fund has been set up to support the recovery of businesses and the wider economy of Devon following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants up to £25,000 are available for voluntary, community and public-sector organisations across Devon to help support community energy initiatives.

There are four key areas of focus:

  1. Upskilling the Community Energy Sector – skills and training in order to increase capacity within the community energy sector. The aim is to help communities to take forward their community energy projects from the ‘idea’ stage through to practical delivery.
  2. Preparatory work for strategic funding bids – this might include identifying the opportunity and collating evidence for funds such as the Rural Community Energy Fund.
  3. Community Retrofit Accredited Training – this includes Advisor / Assessor / Coordinator courses as well as other accredited training that helps to move the community energy sector forward.
  4. Increasing the number of Community Energy Companies in Devon – set-up costs and other preliminary work for getting a new community energy company underway.

All projects must have a clear community benefit and should include awareness-raising activities to engage the wider community eg. through public events

Further information:

https://www.devon.gov.uk/economy/community-energy-fund/