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Community group funding available to help spread the energy saving word

Posted by Tasha Kosviner on 11 July 2014 at 10:15 am

Parish councils, community energy groups, charities and social landlords are among the groups being invited to bid for funding to provide energy saving advice in their local communties.

The government has announced that £1m is being made available for charities and community organisations to spread the word to vulnerable groups about saving energy – and money – this winter.

The grants, of £5000 per group, will be awarded to schemes designed give information about switching tariffs, using less energy and accessing funding such as through the energy company obligation to improve energy efficiency in the home.

Last year, nearly 160 projects across Britain received money from the Big Energy Saving Network pot. One grant went to Wealden District Council in East Sussex, to help fund a ‘pop up energy advice centre’. The shop provided practical advice to local people on how to cut costs on energy bills, lower energy use and make their homes more energy efficient.

Ed Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary said:

“This new funding means vital energy saving guidance can be targeted where it is needed most, so I urge local authorities, community groups and charities to come forward and help to take on this challenge.”

Bids need to be made no later than 5pm on 8 August 2014. Projects must be designed  to recruit volunteers to spread the work and must run over the autumn/winter 2014/15, ending on 13 March 2015. More information is available on the Department of Energy and Climate Change website

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