The Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched a £30 million investment in community green schemes and public sector energy efficiency.
The funding takes the form of a new £10 million Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) launched to help local communities develop energy projects with an additional £20 million in loans for energy efficiency in schools, universities, hospitals, local authorities and other public sector buildings.
The LEAF, managed by a number of community networks and administered by the Energy Saving Trust, will be run as a competition, with the chance for around 200 community organisations to get to grips with energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. Organisations including parish councils, voluntary associations, development trusts and faith groups are all eligible to apply.
Up to £50,000 is available for each successful community to be used to help assess the potential for energy efficiency and local renewable energy generation in their locality.
Funding is allocated in two rounds.
The first round closes at noon on 22 December 2011 with successful applicants notified in the week beginning 9 January 2012. The second round will close to applications at noon on 20 January 2012 with successful communities notified at the end January.