ECOE Community Fund

ECOE Community Fund Allocation 2017/2018

Following a great Community Fund Allocation Event on Tues 16th January at 18.30, awards were made for the full amounts to all three applicants.

Congratulations to:

Wonford Community and learning Centre who received £996 for a new display that will provide information about their ECOE community-owned solar installation.

Pinhoe Road Baptist Church who received £1275 for replacement LED lighting in one of their large meeting rooms.

Music in Devon who received £2000 for a solar sound system and you can view Tom’s presentation here.

All three applicants will be keeping us informed of their progress and updates will be added.

Thanks to Sonya for use of the meeting room and refreshments for the event.

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 rooftop solar installations totalling 400 kWp, which were installed from Nov 2015 to Sept 2016 generated 230,585 kWh of low carbon solar energy so far, enough to power 70 ‘average’ homes. Over the projects’ 20 years lifespan, we expect to make over £200,000 available to the Community Fund and we’re excited to be opening the Community Fund this year.

The Fund is available for local community groups to apply for funding for projects that help to save energy and/or help to alleviate fuel poverty. This year (2017), we have £4,200 available (£3,000 from surplus profits and £1,200 donated by our members.

The details regarding who can apply, for what and our criteria for the allocation of the grants can be found in our guidance notes. Applications will be checked to see if they meet our criteria and then all applicants will be invited to present their proposal at the Collaborative Allocation event. ECOE members, directors and supporters will be invited alongside representatives from each of our rooftop solar sites, local community groups and local statutory organisations to this event to hear the proposals and then work out a way to allocate the funds that is best for all involved.

We are open for applications now and will close on Friday 20th October at 17.00.

If you have any queries give Gill Wyatt a ring on 07806 623311 or email.

Guidance Notes
Application form