Call for applications for 2018 ECOE Community Fund grants

Call for applications for 2018 ECOE Community Fund grants

The Music in Devon Initiative’s solar PA was funded by a grant from ECOE’s Community Fund. Credit: Music in Devon Initiative

After a successful first year of ECOE’s Community Fund, it is now open for applications again. 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 2018, we have £4,100 available.

The Music in Devon Initiative has provided a great example of what the Community Fund money enables. In August, they launched their solar-powered PA, which as well as displacing fossil fuel-powered energy allows them to perform in off-grid locations. They initially demonstrated it at St Sidwell’s Community Centre, with local musicians playing to passers-by on the High Street, and later used it at Exeter’s Street Arts Festival.

Also from the 2017 grants, Wonford Community and Learning Centre installed a new display that will provide information about their ECOE community-owned solar installation. Pinhoe Road Baptist Church installed replacement LED lighting in one of their large meeting rooms.

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 a 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. They will 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 January 10th 2019 at 5pm, and we will hold the fund allocation event on January 30th 2019.

If you have any queries email Patrick Devine-Wright.

Guidance Notes

Application form