Sustainable Charlbury grant funding for local environmental projects opens
Do you have a project or an idea for a project that will help Charlbury tackle climate change? Sustainable Charlbury is now in receipt of funds to finance or part-finance schemes that will contribute to making the town and surrounding area net zero carbon. It is anticipated that grants up to a total value of £30,000 will be awarded in the scheme’s first year of operation (April 2020 – March 2021).
Sustainable Charlbury is administering the funding on behalf of Southill Community Energy (SCE) which runs the solar farm just outside Charlbury. SCE supports projects of value to the local community with income from renewable energy generated on its site. Starting this year, a minimum of £20,000 will be made available every year for community environmental projects, subject to the financial performance of the solar farm. The figure for this, our first year, is set at £30,000.
More specifically, applications for grants are requested from organisations with projects or ideas for projects of relevance to combating climate change in the areas of community cooperation, upgrading the energy performance of buildings, education, health, infrastructure, transport and biodiversity. The bulk of the funding is likely to go to a small number of larger projects (£5,000+) but applications for lesser amounts will also be considered. All projects must be located within 25 miles of Charlbury. The application process is open from 1st April. Decisions on the first round of grant applications are expected by the end of June 2020.
To find out more information or to make an application for funding, find us online at: sustainablecharlbury.org; click on the heading ‘GRANTS’ near the top of the page.