ECOE Community Fund

ECOE Community Fund 2020/2021

Seadream Education used their funding to run three classes across two Exeter schools over the pandemic period

Seadream Education used their funding to run three classes across two Exeter schools over the pandemic period

We have now opened the fourth year of ECOE’s Community Fund, for which the deadline is January 15th 2021 at 5pm, offering £6,990. 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 full details of the fund launch read this post, and more details continue below.

For 2019/2020, we had £6,235 available. This year we awarded funds to eleven different local organisations, the largest number of groups yet. However, the organisations have understandably been hit by COVID-19. Here is an update from one of the recipients, TRIP Community Transport Association in Honiton, about how the funding has supported it through the crisis:

‘The grant from ECOE could not have come at a more important time from TRIP. The money has helped us keep the ‘doors open’ and help the Community during the current pandemic. The money was invaluable in helping towards supporting over 400 community support requests. Thank you!’

For more details of who else we awarded funds to this year read this post. The community fund will be open to applications again in November 2020.

If you have any queries email info@ecoe.org.uk.

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, 2 and 3 and Healthy Homes for Wellbeing projects to the Community Fund. There is also the option for our members to donate their own interest to the community fund.

Our ten 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 have offered the Community Fund for a fourth year.

Local community groups can apply for funding for projects that help to save energy and/or help to alleviate fuel poverty. For 2020, we have a total of £6,990 available, up from £6,235 last year. £3,500 comes from income from our solar PV and Healthy Homes for Wellbeing projects. ECOE members have donated £2,260 donated from their interest – thanks to everyone who did this. The final chunk is £1,230 that we have rolled over from the 2019 round that the recipients were unable to spend.

You can find out who can apply, for what and our criteria for allocating grants in our guidance notes. We check all applications to see if they meet our criteria. Under the current circumstances we will be unable to hold our usual Collaborative Allocation event. Instead, a group made up of ECOE members, directors and partners from rooftop solar sites, local community groups and local statutory organisations will judge the proposals. If you would like to be a part of that group, please volunteer at info@ecoe.org.uk.

Guidance notes
Application form