Community Energy Projects in the North West – Apply Now for the Powering our Communities Fund!

Electricity North West are accepting applications for projects that support a just transition be enabling communities to take part in the development and delivery of community energy projects.

They are looking for projects that will lay the foundations to enable communities to go on to deliver projects with significant impacts such as carbon savings, local economic benefits, enhanced community resilience and communities that feel more empowered to take action on climate change.

In particular, projects that can demonstrate how they can contribute to the delivery of one, or more, of the following priorities:

  • Activity to seed the development of a community energy project.
  • Activity to address a specific barrier that is holding back the development of a community energy project.
  • Adopting a proven community energy approach or business model in a new community or situation.

Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from a wide range of any type of organisation including community energy groups or businesses, energy cooperatives, any type of community-based organisation, environmental groups or organisations, parish, schools or local authorities – as long as they can demonstrate the community involvement or local benefit of their project.

What can be funded?

The funding can be used to support a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Staff time or technical expertise;
  • Upskilling or training of community members;
  • Feasibility or research studies;
  • Engagement events or other engagement methods and materials;
  • Equipment

Projects will run from October 2024 -October 2025 unless agreed otherwise.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 26th July 2024. Find out more here.