Rural Community Energy Fund

Midlands Energy Hub will award the £1.8 million Rural Communities Energy Fund for the Midlands Region over a two year time period.

Grants are available for rural, community-led projects: –

• Stage 1 feasibility grants under £40,000
• Stage 2 grants under £100,000 for business development and planning of feasible schemes.

At this stage it is envisaged that the overall process will be: –

• Call for applications (4 calls a year)
• Community Group submits a Pre-application Questionnaire
• Principal Regional Energy Project Officer (PREPO) engages with community group
• Application for Stage 1 / 2 submitted
• Applications circulated to RCEF Midlands Energy Hub Board members to review
• Midlands Energy Hub Board meets (with Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy representation)
• Applications awarded / rejected
• PREPO – works with community group to ensure successful groups use grant funds correctly and successfully

Each community receiving funds would need to agree to provide resources to Community Energy England for sharing across all new schemes and provide support to the Midlands Energy Hub on engaging other communities. This is with a view to develop a peer-to-peer support network to further build capacity at local level.

Rural communities are defined as:
a) Settlements below 10,000 residents- as defined in the Defra Rural-Urban Classification for Output Areas in England.
b) Communities within local authority areas which are classified as ‘predominantly rural’ by the Office of National Statistics.

For more information please contact Lindsay Wetton at the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership on 0115 957 8745.

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