Bristol Energy Cooperative are committed to using revenue from their growing energy business to provide benefit for the local area and wider environment. This new fund allows them to do just that, by providing grants to local sustainability projects which:

  • Raise awareness of climate change, its solutions and mitigation
  • Reduce the carbon emissions of individuals, organisations or communities.
  • Reduce fuel poverty
  • Develop social, arts, cultural or sports activity that encourages or celebrates sustainability

£50,000 has been allocated to the fund initially, and it’s open to groups or projects working in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, or the Sedgemoor District.

The first round of applications for the fund opened on 1 August 2017, and the closing date is 26 September 2017.

The fund is particularly targeted at small organisations with charitable objectives, and applicants do not have to be an energy or environmental group. Projects supported can include innovations without a primary energy focus that have carbon reduction aims, such as those focusing on horticulture, food, transport, community sharing and networking, IT and health.

Further information about the MegaWatt Fund can be found on the Quartet Community Foundation website

Author: Matt Tudge