New Fund to Launch Shortly Seeks Input from Community Groups

26th September 2018

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has announced that they are administering a grant scheme on behalf of Power to Change to support the community energy sector.

The Next Generation grant scheme, which is expected to launch in October 2018, will give grants of up to £100,000 per project to community groups and other organisations to support the development of innovative community energy projects and business models that are sustainable and not reliant on subsidies to meet the demands of a changing policy environment.

Commenting on the new fund and the survey, CSE Senior Project Worker Rachel Haycock said:
“These can be on a wide range of energy-related themes, but the idea is to move community energy away from the dominant current model of owning generation and selling the energy to the grid. What we’re interested in is more complex local business models such as local energy trading and tie-ins with transport, or business models around providing services to the fuel poor.
“We’re nearly ready to go, but we’re seeking input into the design of this scheme from community groups themselves.”

The survey covers the design of two parts of this grant scheme:

  • Developing a grant scheme to support innovative projects and business models.
  • Creating a mentoring and learning scheme.

The survey should take around 10 to 15 minutes to complete and can be found on Survey Monkey

The survey will run until Sunday 30 September 2018.

Full details of the new grant scheme will be provided once the scheme launches in October 2018.