£8m community low carbon heating scheme open


The deadline is looming for social enterprises and community groups to apply for the Government's £8 million Community Low Carbon Heating Scheme

Community groups up and down the nation will be able to bid for a share of £8million to install low carbon heating like solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps into homes in their local area. Community-based organisations including community co-operatives, voluntary groups, social enterprises and development trusts will be eligible to apply.

Community groups will need to submit a first stage application to the Energy Saving Trust by 7 September 2012. Applications will be judged on a range of criteria, including the project’s vision, potential benefits for the local area, potential partners and any relevant experience of delivering similar projects.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) expects to support between 50 and 100  projects with the £8million fund and will announce the winners in December this year.

For more information on applying, please visit DECC's website.

We are really keen to know how many social enterprises are applying for this fund to support our work on Energy and the Green economy. If you are applying for this fund please let us know by emailing charlotte.chung@socialenterprise.org.uk