The Megawatt Community Energy Fund uses profit from the business activity of Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano to encourage and support community action on reducing carbon in our atmosphere, and/or making energy more affordable. Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano are working with Quartet Community Foundation to administer these funds through the Megawatt Community Energy Fund grant programme. 

As part of our decision making process for the 2020 round of the grant programme, we would like Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano members to assist us in selecting the grant programme beneficiaries.

The result of this member poll will form an important part of the information used by the panel to make the final decisions, together with the information from due diligence checks and assessment work conducted by Quartet Community Foundation.  

The poll will close on Wednesday 15 July 2020. 

Instructions :
  • Read through the grant programme guidelines and application summaries provided with the email (summary of grant programme criteria is listed below) 
  • Indicate your top five applications. When making your decision please consider how the applications fit the criteria listed below and choose projects that inspire you, or you think are likely to have the greatest impact.

Megawatt Community Energy Fund Grant

Maximum grant: £5,000. In exceptional cases larger requests may be considered 

Who can apply: The Megawatt Community Energy Fund is open to groups or projects working in South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, and the Sedgemoor District (Somerset). It is particularly targeted at small organisations with charitable aims. Applicant organisations do not have to be an energy or environmental group.

The fund can support projects that aim to: 
  • Raise awareness of climate change, its solutions and how to reduce its impact (mitigation). This includes public outreach through talks, workshops, campaigns, and social, arts or sports activity.
  • Reduce fossil fuel consumption of individuals, organisations and communities either directly through energy measures, or indirectly through the more efficient use of resources. Projects do not have to be energy projects but must have clear aims to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. This could include transport projects (e.g. encouraging cycling and public transport use), local food growing projects (which reduce our use of food transported long distances), horticultural projects (e.g. planting trees and plants which absorb carbon), community sharing and networking (e.g. lift sharing, projects to spread good ideas), IT (e.g. harnessing social media) and health projects (e.g. healthy eating & exercise)
  • Reduce fuel poverty to ensure everyone can access and afford the energy they need. This could include helping people on low incomes to understand their energy bills and how to reduce them, switching energy provider, and accessing grants to improve the energy efficiency of their home. 

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1. Of which organisation are you a member?

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2. Please select your top five applications.

  First Choice Second Choice Third Choice Fourth Choice Fifth Choice
A Place of Possibility
Abbotswood Action
African Voices Forum
APE Project CIC
Backwell Parish Hall
Bristol Avon Rivers
Burnham on Sea and Highbridge Town Council
Centre of Gravity
CHEESE Project
Clevedon YMCA
Clifton Climate Action 
Community Trees Wick
Congresbury Scouts and Guides
Creative Opportunities
East Huntspill Parochial Church Council
Friends of Hannah More Primary School
Green Wedmore
Groundwork South Trust 
Life Cycle UK
Marshfield Community Centre Association
North Somerset Enterprise Agency
Other Story
Pretoria Road Allotment Society
Sedgemoor Community Partnership
Somerset Film and Video Ltd
Southmead Development Trust
St Francis of Assisi Church 
St Werburgh's Community Association
Sustainable Thornbury
The Bristol Gulls 
The Haven
The Paper Birds Theatre Company
Trinity Community Arts 
Ujima Radio
Upper Space CIC
Wheatfield Primary School
Zero West 
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