Could your group benefit from the Community Energy Fund?

Hounslow Council is launching the Community Energy Fund to support community groups that want to make environmental improvements.

Published: Tuesday, 24th May 2022

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Hounslow Council is now welcoming applications for the Hounslow Community Energy Fund (HCEF).

The £100,000 green grant scheme is open to community, voluntary, faith groups and others across the borough who want to make every-saving improvements to their buildings.

Projects that will be eligible during the first round of funding will be those that can demonstrate a measurable reduction in carbon emissions and a benefit to the wider community. 

The HCEF is financed through Hounslow Council’s Carbon Offset Fund. This fund aims to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint by investing in environmentally sustainable projects. 

It aims to support the borough’s communities to become more energy-efficient and reduce carbon.

Hounslow Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and has pledged to become a net-zero carbon local authority by 2030.

In March 2022, the Council asked for expressions of interest from community groups that would bid for a share of the HCEF money. This included speaking directly with group members through an online workshop. The level of interest in the fund was high enough for it to progress to the formal application stage. 

To be considered for a HCEF grant, projects must reduce carbon emissions and engage the wider community in reducing carbon emissions.

Successful bids will also encourage green innovation and support the creation of green jobs and opportunities locally.

Typical examples of projects that could be eligible for the fund include retrofitting initiatives such as solar panels, heat pumps, insulation or energy-saving lighting installations.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 31 July 2022, with applicants notified about their application’s success by the end of August 2022.

Hounslow Council will be hosting a drop-in application surgery session on Monday, 6 June, from 5pm to 6pm. You can register for the session here.

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