Community Benefit Fund

ECSC Community Benefit Fund 2018/19

UPDATE!! – DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS NOW EXTENDED TO 1ST FEBRUARY 2019

Our 2018 Community Benefit Fund has launched!

This year’s fund is only open to those 24 buildings hosting our solar panels. Deadline is 31st December 2018!

Please download the guidance and application form here or contact communitybenefit@edinburghsolar.coop for more information.

The Community Benefit Fund for ECSC Host Buildings must be used to deliver projects which meet the co-operative’s objectives:

  • Help make host buildings more sustainable
  • Support initiatives which have the most significant carbon savings impact
  • Help alleviate fuel poverty amongst residents of Edinburgh
  • Encourage behavioural change relating to sustainability
  • Relevant community benefit that show high levels of community support
  • Other community led energy reduction projects

About the Fund

Between 2018-2021, each of the 24 ECSC host buildings has the opportunity to apply to the ECSC Community Benefit Fund. Grants will be provided annually, with approx. 5-8 host buildings able to receive money each year. Applications will be open from October to December each year and funds allocated in January. If the fund is undersubscribed, host buildings may submit further applications in the last year of the Fund.

Who can apply?

Owners, managers, employees, user groups or representatives of users of a building that currently has ECSC solar panels installed on the roof (host buildings). You must include written approval from the responsible owners / managers of the building as part of your application.

How much can you apply for, and what can you spend it on?

You can submit an application for up to £3,000 for projects which will deliver benefits for the host building and its users, and meet the objectives of the ECSC (listed in the box above). Ideas for the types of project you could deliver, and possible delivery partners are listed in Section 3. We encourage innovative and creative approaches to achieve carbon savings, sustainability and behaviour change. You can use the ECSC Community Benefit Fund as matchfunding towards a bigger project, as long as the project contributes towards the Fund’s objectives.

What won’t we fund?

  • Projects or initiatives by individuals
  • Projects or initiatives delivering statutory services

Timescales

The project must be started within 6 months of receiving the grant, and completed within 1 year.

What do you need to do to access these funds?

Please submit a completed and signed application form by 1st February 2019, including a breakdown of the costs being requested, and evidence of a bank account of your organisation, and a copy of last year’s accounts if relevant. Please send the application and any supporting documents to communitybenefit@edinburghsolar.coop.

For more information and a copy of the application form, please download this document here contact us on communitybenefit@edinburghsolar.coop