Renewable energy grants available

The CoRE Legacy Fund has reopened for applications from local groups.

Saturday, 16th April 2016, 7:04 am
Berwick Community Trust.

The first round of applications saw four projects benefiting, with £15,000 allocated in total.

Using some of the income from the highly successful Berwick Community Wind Turbine, the CoRE Legacy Fund is an opportunity for communities to win funding for their own renewable energy projects.

Community Renewable Energy (CoRE) was established in 2007 to enable communities across the North East to benefit from renewable energy projects. It was an important player in getting the Berwick upon Tweed turbine commissioned and its contribution is recognised by the new fund.

The intention is for wide range of possible renewable energy projects to benefit. This might mean installing equipment, undertaking a feasibility study, providing training or public engagement work to develop the ability of communities to pursue renewable energy projects.

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The fund will be flexible and is willing to consider imaginative and innovative projects that may be developmental in nature.

Grants up to £5,000 will be available with applications from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds expected from Registered Charities, CICs, CIOs and constituted community groups.

Social enterprises operating on a not-for-profit basis and demonstrating clear social and community value are also eligible to apply.

Projects seeking support must be in the North East of England but statutory agencies and local authorities are not eligible.

For more details visit www.berwicktrust.org.uk