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Community Funding for Energy Efficiency Projects

Posted on: 2011-12-12 10:10:23

Community Funding for Energy Efficiency Projects

Guidance for applying to the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF)

A new grant fund - LEAF – has been set up to help communities to take action on energy efficiency and renewable energy.   Working with the private and public sectors, projects can be developed alongside the Green Deal, Feed in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive.  Our Green Deal Enerprise CIC can partner eligible organisations and carry projects through on behalf of a qualifying organisation.

Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF)

 “Seeding community energy action”

The Local Energy Assessment Fund is a new £10million fund to support community action on energy efficiency and renewable energy.  

This fund is a short-term intervention to be completed by 31st March 2012. It is expected that average grant values will be around £50,000. The maximum grant available under LEAF will be £130,000. Applicants should be aware that they will be responsible for checking whether their grant application will be effected by European State Aid rules.

The funding will be issued in two phases as follows:

Phase 1: Applications to be submitted online by 12 noon on 22nd Dec 2011 – successful applicants to be notified by 10th Jan 2012.

Phase 2: Applications to be submitted online by 12 noon on 20th Jan 2012 – successful applicants to be notified by 31st Jan 2012.

For partnerships with Green Deal Enterprise CIC, please contact us as soon as possible, deadlines are very tight.

These phases will be run simultaneously with applicants selecting which of the two deadlines they submit under, depending on how long they will need to apply and how long they will need to implement their project.

All work funded under LEAF must be completed by 31st March 2012. Communities applying will need to show that they can complete the proposed project within this 3 month period.

What kind of activities will the Local Energy Assessment Fund support?

This fund will support communities in working to understand and reduce the amount of energy that is used in homes and other buildings and where local action can help deliver savings of energy, carbon dioxide emissions and money. This work can include energy surveys of buildings, practical energy saving measures and demonstration projects, workshops to help local people take action to save energy and reports on what more needs to be done in the area. If much of this work has been done already, then there is the potential to use the fund to further develop work on renewable energy systems.

Projects supported by the scheme will need to:

Have clear community involvement/lead

Be led by an organisation demonstrating community benefit (see “Who can apply” section)

Lead to greater understanding of the opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy within and across the host community

Show how they will lead to an increase in installations of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures

Show how they will benefit their community in the long term

Be cost effective

Be prepared to share information with other communities

The Fund will support activities such as:

Energy efficiency

Community energy efficiency surveys reviewing the potential for energy saving in homes within your community. These studies should consider how measures could be delivered cost effectively under the Green Deal in a way that allows the community to realise some of the benefit.

Installation of energy saving technologies such as solid wall insulation in local demonstration homes (these should be open to the public on a regular basis) and using community buildings as exemplars of energy saving technologies and measures.

Running engagement events ahead of the above studies, to generate interest and help local people to understand the potential of energy saving measures and behaviours. A maximum cost for these activities of £5000 applies, although additional public engagement can be carried out following completion of the studies, as long as it can be delivered before the programme end date on the 31st March 2012.

Renewable energy

Area-wide renewable energy studies to highlight which renewable energy technologies would be most appropriate and beneficial for the area.

Outline feasibility studies into specific renewable energy projects that could be financed through Feed in Tariffs, Renewable Heat Incentive or the new renewable energy revolving fund.

Engagement events, linked to the above studies that consult and inform local people on how renewable energy can be developed for the benefit of communities. A maximum cost for these activities of £5000 applies, although additional public engagement can be carried out following completion of the studies, as long as it can be delivered before the programme end date on the 31st March 2012.

Developing community capacity, for example establishing community energy enterprises able to take forward projects through the Rural Renewable Energy Fund

Project development support

Communities will be able to include up to £1,000 in the project budget to pay for support or advice from third parties in helping to develop funding applications to LEAF. This will only be paid if your proposal is successful.

Project delivery support -

Communities can include funding for support from project partners, consultants or contractors to enable them to deliver their project more effectively. Project support could include things like:

Specialist technical advice or support on energy efficiency or renewable energy (can include training and support on how to save energy, on new heating systems and using technologies)

Guidance on working with and contracting energy efficiency installers

Setting up community enterprises, business planning, governance and structure, financing including preparing for share offers, debt financing etc, legal advice

Marketing, promotion, profile raising

Effective community engagement and building community support and active involvement

Working with volunteers

Running community events

Building local supply chains

Information should be incorporated into the project application outlining who will be providing the support, their experience and expertise suitable for the task, what they will be doing and what it will cost to involve them. Project support can be sourced through the community networks involved in LEAF (see links page for links to community network logos and websites) and through existing local contacts. Responsibility for choosing an appropriate support provider rests with the applicant.

What kind of project will the Local Energy Assessment Fund not support?

The following list of project types are not eligible for funding under this programme:

Projects that do not specifically promote energy efficiency in buildings or renewable energy (this includes projects promoting local food, waste reduction, and transport initiatives)

Projects that cannot demonstrate community engagement

Projects that cannot demonstrate community benefit

Projects led by “for-profit” companies that cannot demonstrate community benefit

Projects seeking capital funding for measures that could be funded by CERT, CESP or other energy efficiency programmes

Projects seeking capital funding for any technologies that would qualify for either Feed in Tariffs or Renewable Heat Incentive.

Who can apply?

Funding applications to LEAF should be led by community benefit organisations or community groups. In exceptional cases public sector bodies may be accepted as lead bodies, where they can justify that they are fulfilling a crucial role in support of a community group (e.g. acting as “banker” for an unconstituted community group). All lead organisations must have a community benefit structure.

The list of bodies eligible to lead LEAF bids includes:

Parish Councils

Community Interest Companies

Community Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies (Industrial and Provident Societies)

Voluntary Associations

Development Trusts

Faith Groups

Registered Social Landlords

Communities of Interest such as sports clubs

Local authorities (where they can justify that they are fulfilling a crucial role in support of a community group (e.g. acting as “banker” for an unconstituted community group)

Funding will NOT be available to an organisation solely based on its structure. In addition to proving that they have an appropriate community benefit structure, a successful bidder will also have to show their plans for engaging the local community in decision-making and ensuring that the results of their LEAF-funded activities lead to long-term community benefits.

For full information visit: 

http://www.greencommunitiescc.org.uk/DECCDocuments/LEAFGuidance.pdf 

For partnerships with Green Deal Enterprise CIC, please contact us as soon as possible, deadlines are very tight!


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