The Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF)
The deadlines are tight, the grants are substantial and the criteria are right in the sweet spot for Transition Initiatives.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has just announced a new £10 million fund which is available to communities in England and Wales that are playing an active role in the development of a low carbon society. LEAF aims to help communities to accelerate their activity on energy and climate change.
Initial applications must be submitted online by 12 noon on 22-Dec-2011.
The follow up applications need to be submitted by 20-Jan-2012.
The grants are available to finance projects that increase understanding and uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and help to make energy supply secure and affordable for everyone in their community. The scheme aims to help communities to equip themselves to work with the private and public sector to deliver real projects through mechanisms such as the Green Deal, Feed in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive.
This fund is a short-term intervention to be completed by 31-Mar-2012 and is expected that average grant values will be around £50,000.
There is some useful guidance material here
Details of how to apply for LEAF are available here:
Looks like we could tick several of the boxes.
Maybe we should dust off the LCCC material and see what is still relevant. Perhaps we could also bolt on a Community Fuel scheme using wood products through MidSussex Timber and the Conservators. That might be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive...
Just a thought!
ok - we have to move fast though. We could call a brainstorming event in next few days and see what ideas there are and that could be done in time and who has the appetite for it.