Empowering Community-Led Energy Projects for a Greener Bristol.
Our £1.5 million Bristol City Leap Community Energy Fund is here to support and enable community-led energy projects through a combination of grants and loans.
The funding that we are making available is part of our commitment to social value and this initiative is geared towards accelerating the decarbonisation of Bristol whilst supporting community projects that deliver for local people.
Angie Rose, Community Engagement Coordinator – “Imagine solar panels adorning community-owned buildings, generating clean energy, and benefiting the local community. Or a project to help make a positive change in community behaviour when it comes to energy saving. These are the type of impactful projects that we encourage and support!”
The aims of the Community Energy Fund
The fund aims to support the development of energy-related community projects in Bristol (defined as the City of Bristol administrative area BS1-16) that will contribute to the decarbonisation of Bristol. It sets out to:
- Reduce the use of fossil fuels
- Enable communities to interact with the Bristol Heat Network
- Support communities to reduce their energy consumption
To do all of this, the fund will:
- Encourage applications from across all communities in Bristol, with a particular emphasis on applications from those community groups who haven’t delivered energy projects in the past and those that have not previously applied for energy funding from this Fund. Note that established community energy groups are eligible to apply.
- Help to build capacity of staff and volunteers to be able to deliver successful projects in future.
- Place an emphasis on projects that provide clear, quantifiable long-term benefits to the local community that will build capacity within Bristol communities to further engage with energy and pave the way for the next waves of energy projects.