The Megawatt Community Energy Fund uses profit from the business activity of Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano to encourage and support community action on reducing carbon in our atmosphere, and/or making energy more affordable. Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano are working with Quartet Community Foundation to administer these funds.
The next round of applications opens 12 February 2020 and closes on 8 April. Maximum grant awarded = £5,000
The fund is supporting projects that aim to:
- Raise awareness of climate change, its solutions and how to reduce its impact (mitigation). This includes public outreach through talks, workshops, campaigns, and social, arts or sports activity.
- Reduce fossil fuel consumption of individuals, organisations and communities either directly through energy measures, or indirectly through the more efficient use of resources. Projects do not have to be energy projects but must have clear aims to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. This could include transport projects (e.g. encouraging cycling and public transport use), local food growing projects (which reduce our use of food transported long distances), horticultural projects (e.g. planting trees and plants which absorb carbon), community sharing and networking (e.g. lift sharing, projects to spread good ideas), IT (e.g. harnessing social media) and health projects (e.g. healthy eating & exercise).
- Reduce fuel poverty to ensure everyone can access and afford the energy they need.