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£30m of new funding for energy efficiency in communities and public sector

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 8 December 2011 at 9:13 am

The good news: there's £10m worth of funding for local communities to use to assess the potential for energy efficiency and local renewable energy generation. The bad news is that the deadlines for applications are tight, and the work must be finished by the end of March 2012.

There is also £20m in loans available for energy efficiency in schools, universities, hospitals, local authorities and other public sector buildings.

The community £10m is available through Leaf, the Local Energy Assessment Fund, which is managed by a number of community networks including LCCN and other members of the Communities and Climate Action Alliance and administered by the Energy Saving Trust. It will be run as a competition, with the chance for around 200 communities to get to grips with energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.

There is around £50,000 for each successful community to assess the potential locally, and get things started. Maximum grant is £130,000, and there will be smaller ones available too.

Applications are online, in two phases. The deadline for phase one is noon 22 December 2011, and the successful applicants will be notified in the week commencing 9 January. Phase two closes at noon on 20 January 2012, and people will learn if they've been successful at the end of the month.

Register and apply for the funding at greencommunitiescc.org.uk. For telephone advice call: 029 2046 7015. The type of organisation eligible to apply includes: parish councils, voluntary organisations, development trusts and faith groups.

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Jill

JillComment left on: 8 December 2011 at 4:49 pm

Well great ... the LEAF for communities. On first reading you think good, its funding some really worthwhile activities for communities that need to be done.  Then on second reading it makes me wonder which community groups can deliver a worthwhile project with quality outcomes with 2 weeks to put an application together and then only c10 weeks to deliver it, spending c£50,000 very quickly, whilst adhering to public sector procurement rules!  No chance.  Either DECC haven't got a clue how real communties work with volunteers  or this money is already pre-allocated to some insider organsiations who knew it was coming.  Why the big rush ... give us a decent length of time to deliver a quality project.    

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