Bristol offers new grants for community energy

Bristol City Council has announced its second round of funding for community energy projects. It is offering grants of up to £10,000 for large projects and £2,000 for small ones. It is […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Bristol City Council has announced its second round of funding for community energy projects.

It is offering grants of up to £10,000 for large projects and £2,000 for small ones.

It is part of a £885,000 fund the council received from DECC to set up a national best practice model for community energy and the Bristol Community Energy Fund.

Applications for both grants must be submitted by the 8th of August 2016.

The council said 12 projects received a total of more than £53,000 in its first round.

Those projects that weren’t successful the first time are being encouraged to submit again. The council is also offering support to enhance those applications.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “The groups least engaged with energy issues have tended to be those most prone to fuel poverty, least likely to access information that might encourage them to undertake energy efficiency measures or to benefit from generating their own energy.

“By supporting projects that help address the specific needs of communities, we can begin to bridge that gap, helping residents to gain from a more sustainable relationship with energy and the local environment.”

Last week, Bristol approved funding worth £5 million to build a low carbon heating network across the city.