ECOE Community Fund

ECOE Community Fund 2019/2020

Estuary League of Friends' EV Charger , part-funded by ECOE, is now installed and ready to go.

Estuary League of Friends’ EV Charger , part-funded by ECOE, is now installed and ready to go.

After a successful second year of ECOE’s Community Fund, we are now about to open the fund for applications for 2019, with a closing date of January 17 2020. We will hold the fund allocation event on Thursday February 12 2020. The fund is available for local community groups to apply for financing for projects that help to save energy and/or help to alleviate fuel poverty. For 2019/2020, we have £6,235 available.

In 2018/2019 our biggest recipient from the 2018 grants was Art and Energy, who got £1,400 to produce solar panel-based artworks. Our funding has enabled them to run workshops for children and adults to make their own solar-powered, device-charging artwork. You can read what we’ve already written about that here. Also, Estuary League of Friends in Topsham has now used the money we gave them to install an electric car charger. Pinhoe Road Baptist Church is benefiting from the efficient LED lighting they spent the grant on. Unfortunately the Music in Devon Initiative were unable to complete their solar panel project, and gave their grant back.

If you have any queries email Patrick Devine-Wright.

What is the ECOE Community Fund?

It’s very important for ECOE to benefit our local community and one way we do this is via our Community Fund. Every year at the AGM, ECOE members and directors agree the amount of money that is allocated from our Solar PV 1 and 2 projects to the Community Fund. There is also the option for our members to donate their own interest to the community fund.

Our eight solar power installations have generated over 1.1GWh to date and saved over 363 tonnes of carbon. Over the projects’ 20 years lifespan, we expect to make over £170,000 available to the Community Fund. We’re therefore excited to be offering the Community Fund for a third year.

Local community groups can apply for funding for projects that help to save energy and/or help to alleviate fuel poverty. In 2019/2020, we have £6,235 available, £3,000 from surplus profits, £2,335 donated by our members, and £900 unspent from 2018/2019.

You can find out who can apply, for what and our criteria for allocating grants in our guidance notes. We will check all applications to see if they meet our criteria. Then we will invite all applicants to present their proposal at the Collaborative Allocation event. We will invite ECOE members, directors and supporters to this event too. We will also invite representatives from each of our rooftop solar sites, local community groups and local statutory organisations. Together we will hear the proposals and then work out a way to allocate the funds that is best for all involved.

Guidance notes
Application form