4 January 2021
Funding for Charities to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Grants to support charity initiatives that reduce the climate change impact associated with energy use in England, Scotland and Wales.
The new £1 million Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund is offering grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 for projects that meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrate measurable and lasting reductions in the carbon intensity of energy end use and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon
- Show a realistic prospect of delivering broadly replicable benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers
- Proved to be efficiently managed throughout the project.
Examples of the types of carbon emissions reduction projects that could be funded include (but are not limited to):
- Capital or development funding to bridge the viability gap and enable the development of renewable energy projects which benefit energy consumers.
- Projects which explore innovative approaches to engaging end users with carbon saving measures such as demand side management, virtual power plants, smart EV charging, microgrids etc.
- Innovative projects increasing community ownership of – or engagement with – energy assets which reduce carbon emissions.
- Initiatives that seek to increase the uptake, accessibility and affordability of carbon reduction improvements for energy consumers such as renewable heating and power or super insulation.
The funding can support both capital and revenue costs for projects lasting up to two years.
Applications will be accepted from registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process.
The Energy Savings Trust is encouraging charities to register by 14 January 2021.
The application deadline for the first round is 11 February 2021 (5pm).