Profits generated from Burnham and Weston Energy CIC’s 36,000-panel community solar array at Wick Farm, between Lympsham and Brean, will be made available for projects that will help local communities or community organisations become more sustainable.
Burnham and Weston Energy Sunshine Fund has been set up by Burnham and Weston Energy CIC and is managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF). The first window for applications for grants is Monday 18 February – Tuesday 30 April, 2019.
Grants of up to £2,500 are available – although larger grants may be awarded for projects that will have tangible community-wide benefits or are particularly innovative for the area. Funding will be available for projects and initiatives covering an area stretching up the Somerset coastline from Burnham-on-Sea to Weston-super-Mare, and inland to Mark and Winscombe. To check if your project is located within the eligible area, and for more details on the type of projects likely to be awarded, visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/burnhamandweston
Applications to the fund could be for environmental, social and/or economic sustainability and are welcomed from local, community-led organisations, small voluntary groups, clubs, charities, social enterprises, schools, and health centres. The plans should be devised, developed and led by members of the local community who will donate their own time, skills, and resources to the project.
The Sunshine Fund will make awards totalling around £20,000 per year and SCF will also look to secure match funding where possible.
Projects that will be considered for funding will include:
For further information contact Andy Ridgewell on 01749 344949 or visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/burnhamandweston
If you run a local community project and would like to find out more about grant funding in general, please call Somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949 or visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk