Ben Smith is the Historic Churches Support Officer for the Peterborough diocese. He is holding two surgeries in the county this year where he will be able to provide advice to church representatives about topics such as grant funding, conservation and
accessibility, as well as any church building projects that you are developing. For the dates of the surgeries, download the poster here. Added 4 Jan 2016.
Are you studying stonemasonry or carpentry and have an association with Wellingborough or its parishes? If so you may be eligible for help towards your course fees. In partnership with Moulton College, the Wellingborough Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) will be awarding up to 9 apprenticeship places and helping courses during a five year project. There are 5 awards of £500 for course fees and 5 £100 vouchers for tools available this year. Download the poster here or visit the Wellingborough Townscape Heritage Initiative page.
Organisations and charities that are helping rural communities can apply for much needed funding of up to £50,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which opened for grant applications on Monday 23rd September. The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which strives to secure a sustainable future for the British countryside, is looking to invest up to £800,000 in worthwhile rural initiatives in this application round. To date, the charity has given more than £3m in grants in 3 years to hard-pressed rural communities, directly benefiting more than 52,000 people.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund seeks to address and provide funding to projects and organisations tackling rural isolation, the decline of rural communities, low farming incomes and lack of access to training. More details here.
Defra has launched a £15million Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund (RCEF) that is aimed at communities who would like to benefit from local renewable resources and have a sense of control and ownership of their own energy supplies. Community Renewables refer to community projects that have a geographical basis, so that financial and other community benefits from the installation flow to either local community bodies or local investors. A proportion or all the ownership rights are controlled by the community in the locality of the installation.
The RCEF is aimed at helping rural communities in England access funding to carry out feasibility studies for large scale renewable energy projects, fund pre-planning studies and preparation of planning applications. RCEF funds will support rural projects including wind, solar, biomass, heat pumps, anaerobic digestion, gas Combined Heat and Power and hydro through a mixture of grants and loans.
In order to receive funds, applicants must form a legal entity that provides benefit to the community. Suitable legal entities include Parish Councils. To find out more about the legal entities, eligible technologies, the scale of the projects and other items, check out the RCEF pages on the WRAP site.
If you are in the Daventry district and interested in developing large scale renewable energy for your village, then Daventry District Council would like to hear from you. DDC is interested in hearing from any active rural community who is supportive of renewable energy as they can provide advice on the projects and assist you with any application. Please contact Alice Ellis, DDC Environment Improvement Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01327 302253.
The Green Grants machine
Would you like to improve your business’s environmental performance? Would you like to find out about all the latest funding schemes to enable your company to become more environmentally friendly? The Green Grants Machine is a free website to help you find the funding on offer.