Marks & Spencer Energy Fund powers communities in more ways than one in 2017
Posted by Sam Tonge on 3 January 2018 at 9:16 am
2017 was another outstanding year for community schemes that have benefited from the Marks and Spencer Energy Fund. Last year the fund allocated £300,000 worth of grant money to local energy projects across the UK.
With over 130,000 votes taking place, the winners last year included community centres, women’s refuges, primary schools, community centres and wildlife charities. Four Judge’s Winners were selected along with 21 Regional Winners, showing how the scheme has helped a diverse array of local groups across the UK go from strength to strength.
Energy improvements funded by the scheme were just as diverse, including installations of solar PV, battery storage units for villages, LED lighting in schools, improved insulation for community centres and plastic recycling for sports clubs! By improving the energy use of these organisations, the fund improves environmental sustainability, as well as providing additional income and reduced costs, allowing projects to thrive.
What’s more, the fund is back for 2018 – if you’re a community group that would like to pre-register your interest now. Funding will be available to support green energy projects and technologies across the UK. Perhaps it could help your group get those solar panels you have always wanted!
If you have a community project idea and want to make it a reality, we suggest you express your interest in the fund as soon as you can to throw your hat in the ring.
A great place to start is to get some inspiration by checking out the winners from 2017: Marks and Spencer Community Energy Fund: 2017 Winners
Pre-register your interest now (it only takes a minute): Marks and Spencer Community Energy Fund: 2018 Pre-registration of Interest Form.
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About the author: Sam joined YouGen in 2017 as a Project Officer, after having achieved a BSc (Hons) degree in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London.
He is passionate about renewable energy and sustainability and has undertaken a variety of placements focused in these areas.
Sam coordinates the YouGen blog, newsletter and recommendation service on behalf of installers, as well as driving the platform forward through an active social media presence.
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