£1M Available to Power Community Energy


A new £1M fund for community energy has launched.

The Next Generation will offer up grants of up to £100,000 to ten community groups to work on new business models for community energy in their area. The initiative is funded by Power to Change and will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary consortium led by Centre for Sustainable Energy.

Expressions of interest need to be submitted by 13th January 2019.

Powering Our Communities Fund Open for Applications in High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

Electricity North West is offering grants of up to £15,000 for projects which aim to put community and local energy at the heart of communities. They are particularly looking for projects that demonstrate they can deliver one of three priorities:

  • engaging communities in energy issues, particularly energy efficiency;
  • supporting vulnerable customers and or reducing fuel poverty in our communities;
  • investigating or delivering new ways of working to support a smart, flexible low carbon grid.

The funding can be used to support a wide range of activities including producing materials to promote initiatives, supporting staff time or technical expertise, buying equipment or researching a new approach or business model. 

The majority of a project’s activity needs to be located within Electricity North West’s (ENW) operating area. NB: most of the geographical area covered by this website is NOT within ENW’s operating area. The local authority areas that are, are High Peak and parts of Derbyshire Dales. If you are unsure if you are covered please contact ENW before submitting an application. Most of the geographical area covered by this website is within the operating area of Western Power Distribution. 

Help Organise Belper Goes Green 2019

Transition Belper is forming a committee to organise Belper Goes Green 2019. The well established green festival is run entirely by volunteers. To express your interest email:
More about the 2018 festival:

Chesterfield Potato Day Pre-Orders Now Open

Chesterfield’s 11th annual Potato Day is now taking pre-orders on its website. You have until 6th December to place your order for seed potato, a range of other seeds and gardening sundries. There are 42 varieties of seed potato to choose from and orders can be collected from a shop unit in Chesterfield’s Pavements shopping centre on Saturday 26th January 2019. Pre-order prices are cheaper than on-the-day prices.s
Potato Day aims to help local people grow their own food and is also Transition Chesterfield’s biggest annual fundraiser.
If you live further south and can’t pick up your order form Chesterfield, then it is also possible to collect from Loughborough market place, via an event organised by Transition Loughborough. To do this, place your order through the same website and then drop an email to to say you would like to collect from Loughborough.

Windmill Community Gardens Needs Your Vote

Windmill Community Gardens in Nottingham is looking for votes as it tries to raise funds for a building it can use for workshops, training, processing plants and seeds and for running gardening club activities.

The project teaches people to grow a huge range of crops and helps them turn them into delicious food, helped by volunteers from many nations who share their national dishes. They’re particularly known for their innovative and quirky reuse of materials to create garden features like trellises made from bike wheels, bottle screens and “flower” hub-caps and also for wildlife-friendly growing techniques.

The group has applied to Aviva Community Fund for a grant to build a training shed which will be much warmer and more waterproof than their current polytunnel. Now they need you vote for them. They already have a design for the shed which will be very highly insulated, include rainwater collection and have a solar panel to provide electricity. They have included the costs of all the materials in the bid to ensure they have sufficient funds to complete it, but will use reused and recycled resources wherever possible and return any resulting underspend to the funder.

Vote before 20th November:

Also looking or funding:

  • Sutton-on-Trent Sports and Community Centre would like to make energy efficiency improvements to their building:
  • St Joseph’s School Association in Retford would like to install bike parking facilities for their children: