Local community green schemes have been given an extra boost today, with the Government’s announcement that an extra £10 million of funding will be made available to boost energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.
The Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) scheme – which will be administered by the Energy Saving Trust – will give local community groups and organisations the opportunity to win up to £50,000 until the competition closes its doors at the end of March. Projects in England and Wales that are designed to encourage the uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energy generation are eligible to apply.
“We need to get green energy generation and energy efficiency into our communities. That’s why we are making £10million available for communities to help spur an energy revolution at a local level,” said energy secretary Chris Huhne.
That energy revolution will see the Government making massive changes to the country’s energy system, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) recognises how important it is to make sure local communities have the necessary funding available to help make that happen.
In addition to the LEAF scheme, another £20 million of extra funding has been set aside to increase the existing public sector energy efficiency loan scheme. The loans will cover the cost of energy efficiency projects, such as cavity wall and loft insulation, and will help to reduce the sector’s energy bills and emissions.
Community groups interested in applying for financial assistance through the LEAF scheme can find out more by ringing the advice line on 02920 467 015 or by visiting www.greencommunitiescc.org.uk