Pennine Community Power (PCP), a Community Benefit Society has today launched a new community fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale.
PCP was started in 2012, by members of the community in the upper Calder Valley and particularly inspired and supported by Blackshaw Environmental Action Team. The initial aim was to build a sustainable community, environmentally, socially and economically by developing a profitable supply of energy from renewable resources, whilst providing support to other organisations with similar aims.
Following successful operation of the turbine for over two years and the generation of more than 64,000kWh of electricity, the group are now able to lend their support to other groups, with the launch of their fund with the Community Foundation for Calderdale. The Foundation has for the past 25 years been the leading grant maker in Calderdale, in the past 5 years alone awarding £3.9m of grant support to 100’s of local grassroots community projects and initiatives in Calderdale.
The PCP fund is open to community groups based in or working in Blackshaw Head, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Heptonstall. Applications are welcomed to a value of £1400 and must contribute in a measurable way to one or more of the following aims:
Finn Jensen from the PCP group said “”Pennine Community Power (PCP) decided to use Community Foundation For Calderdale (CFFC) to be the administrator of PCP’s community fund as we want an independent decision on which projects receive funding and as CFFC has a strong record of being able to administrate such funds.”
- To ensure that the value from development of renewable energy resources is retained and invested within the local economy.
- To build an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable community.
- To help develop the creation of local sustainable livelihoods.
- To educate and inform the general public around the issues of sustainability, climate change and renewable energy.
Applications are to be made online via http://www.cffc.co.uk/grants-funding/