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Community groups can cash in and cut energy use

Are you part of a community organisation that wants to cut the amount of energy you use or reduce your waste? If the answer is yes, you can apply for council funding of up to £10,000 to future-proof your premises.

Ealing Council has introduced a community climate grants programme to help community organisations contribute to the borough’s net zero target by 2030 through making energy efficiency improvements, leading to lower carbon emissions.

Councillor Deirdre Costigan, cabinet member for climate action, said: “Tackling the current climate crisis is a top priority for the council, and we are determined to make sure local organisations can play their part. These grants give communities the chance to take action and look at how they can do things differently to reduce their energy use, move to cheaper active travel options or cut waste.

“If you’ve got plans to insulate your working space, install solar panels or cycle parking, introduce a re-use and repair scheme or have plans for tackling and reducing food waste then we want to hear from you. We’ve put aside money to support this work to help local groups do their bit. We’re also facing a cost-of-living crisis so this money could help to make financial savings for local organisations, while helping us to tackle the climate emergency too.”

The council has committed to an ambitious climate action programme including planting 50,000 trees, opening 10 new parks and rolling out cycle lanes, bike hangars and electric vehicle charging points. Helping local organisations to reduce their emissions from energy and unnecessary waste will help go even further.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate that you work for public benefit and are a not-for-profit organisation. You will need to be based or mainly active in the borough.

The council will be prioritising the community organisations that are offering warm spaces for the first round of funding. If you are interested and want to find out more, there is an online question and answer next month.

FAQ session – Join us

Join the council’s climate action team for a question and answer session on Zoom, from 2pm on Monday, 6 February. Reserve your place now.

How to apply for a grant

Read Ealing Council’s community climate grants brochure for more information and if you are interested you can apply on the website.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Tuesday, 7 March 2023.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are a:
·       Registered charity
·       Community and voluntary group
·       Co-operative
·       Faith and equalities group
·       Community interest company
·       Social enterprise
·       Tenant management organisation
·      Community benefit society

Please do not register your interest if you are a business.

All eligible groups must have financial systems in place to allow for accurate management and transparency of auditing funds, such as a community group bank account with accountable sign-off procedures and a treasurer or equivalent.

If your application in successful and you require external consultants to carry out the improvements, you will need to provide at a quote for the improvement works.

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