• Purpose of the Fund

This fund has been set up by Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council in partnership with Community Foundation for Calderdale as equal funders, to support local environmental projects.

Calderdale Council’s contribution is generated by activities of the 6C Energy Purchasing Club.

The fund has a specific focus on providing support to a wide variety of community groups to make energy savings and carbon reductions.

  • Eligible Groups and activities

The types of groups that can apply are:

• Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups run for and by local people (Note: Individuals cannot apply)
• Registered charities and groups with charitable purposes working in Calderdale
• Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends
• Schools which are Academies (but not schools which are in Local Authority control)

Please read the Community Foundation for Calderdale guidance for additional guidance on eligibility.

Projects which could be supported under this brief include

a) part or full funding for renewable energy installations, building refurbishments work such as LED lights, insulation, double glazing, improved lighting and heating controls and high efficiency boilers.

b) Fees relating to professional support needed for feasibility work / project payback / business case development are also eligible.

  • Fund value and allocations

The Fund in its first year will have a total pot of £11,000

We invite applications up to £3k.

  • Application process

The Fund will launch on 10th September, the Closing date for applications will be 25th October, with decisions expected by late November


Applicants need to read the Application form guidance below, which details how to answer the application form questions.

  • Application Form Guidance

The “Over £1,500” application form asks particular questions relating to your project proposal, this guidance is to show you where to put information that shows you are meeting the criteria for this fund.
These questions are in Section 2 of the Application form:

(a) How will you spend this grant to address the need in your area, bearing in mind the vital signs priorities?
Please detail the project you intend to carry out, what type of energy project you want to do, and also refer to how the project relates to the Vital Signs theme around “Environment”, details of which are here:

(b) Please explain how you know that the people in your community want this project/activity and what evidence have you collected to demonstrate this, bearing in mind the vital signs priorities?
Please detail the evidence you have that this project will save energy and reduce the carbon footprint.

(c) What positive changes would this grant make to the lives of people who use your project/service?
Please detail how you think this project will make a positive improvement for the people and community you work with.

(d) How do you see this project/activity progressing after this funding comes to an end or do you see this as a one-off project/activity?
Clearly saving energy etc will improve sustainability, please detail how you see this happening for your project.

For Section 3, which is about impact, please choose the “Environment” Vital Signs theme.

You may find it useful to complete an energy survey to help you become more energy-efficient, you can download a report template below if you do use this form, it will be useful to send the results as an attachment to your application or by email to michelle@cffc.co.uk

  • Fund acknowledgement etc

All successful applicants will be required to follow the PR protocol that CFFC has adopted, see http://www.cffc.co.uk/portfolio/grant-acknowledgement-requirements/

In addition, those who access funding from this source should acknowledge the support of

  • The 6C Energy Partnership
  • Calderdale Council

In publicity relating to the funded item(s). Funders’ logos are sent with award emails.

  • Suppliers Information

CFFC and CMBC are unable to recommend specific suppliers for the purchase of equipment etc, under this fund, however, we can provide guidance to help you:

a) Schools (and Academies)
Although Friends Of School groups and Academies are potentially eligible for this fund, we would encourage them in the first instance to consider an application Salix Finance. This government-backed organisation offers zero-interest loans. Salix Finance has £25 million available for schools loans and no threshold for maximum loan amounts.
Salix can offer zero interest loans to any group where the energy bills are paid by the public sector.
b) Eligible Technology
A wide range of technologies can be supported by this Fund as indicated by the list below.
If you would like to seek funding for a technology not included on this list, please contact the scheme funders in advance of submitting your application to check that this will be acceptable.
Project Type Work type
Boilers Boilers – burner replacement
Boilers – control system
Boilers – replacement condensing
Boilers – replacement combination
Boilers – replacement modular
Boilers – burner management
Boilers – retrofit economiser
Building management systems BEMS – bureau remotely managed
BEMS – not remotely managed
BEMS – remotely managed
Combined heat & power Gas, Diesel, gasoil engine CHP
Biomass CHP
Gas Turbine
Compressor Compressed Air: air compressor upgrade
Computers & IT solutions Network PC power management
CRT to flat screen LCD
Thin computers
Uninterruptible Power Supplies
Free Cooling for ICT
Evaporative cooling for ICT
Energy Efficient File Storage Replacement
LED monitors instead of LCD (cost difference)
CRT to LED monitors
Hot aisle/cold aisle containment
Multi Functional Devices
Energy Efficient Server Replacement
Cooling Cooling – control system
Cooling – plant replacement/upgrade
Energy Efficient Chillers
Free cooling
Replacement of air conditioning with evaporative cooling
Hand Dryers Hand Dryers – replacement to more efficient type
Heating Connect to existing district heating via plate HE
Direct electric heating to heat pump (air source)
Direct electric heating to heat pump (ground source)
Electric to Gas – heating using CHP
Electric to Gas – heating using condensing boilers
Electric to Gas – tumble driers
Heat recovery
Heating – direct fired system
Heating – discrete controls
Heating – distribution pipework improvements
Oil to Gas – boiler fuel switching
Replace steam calorifier with plate heat exchanger
Thermal Stores
Heating – TRVs
Heating – zone control valves
Steam trap replacements
Hot water Flow restrictors
Hot Water – distribution improvements
Hot Water – efficient taps
Hot Water – point of use heaters
Hot Water – chlorine dioxide dosing and biocide treatment
Insulation – building fabric Cavity wall insulation
Double glazing with metal or plastic frames
Dry wall lining
Loft insulation
Retrofit single glazing units
Roof insulation
Secondary glazing
Insulation – draught proofing Insulation – draught proofing
Insulation – pipework Heating pipework insulation (internal)
Heating pipework insulation (external)
Insulation – other Radiator reflective foil (external walls)
Automatic/revolving doors
Automatic speed doors
Draught Lobby (internal)
Draught Lobby (external)
Air Curtains – heated
Air Curtains – ambient
Lighting controls Lighting – discrete controls
Lighting control system centralised
Lighting upgrades Electronic ballast with dimming control
Replace halogen with HID metal halide
HP Sodium including new fitting
Compact Fluorescent including changing the fitting
Compact Fluorescent using same fitting
Induction Fluorescent including changing the fitting
T5 lighting including changing the fitting
T5 lighting retrofit using adaptors
T8 lighting including changing the fitting
T8 lighting retrofit using adaptors
T12/T8 to CCFL including new fitting
T12/T8 to CCFL using same fitting
LED lighting Halogen to LED including changing the fitting
Halogen to LED using same fitting
Flood lighting to LED including changing the fitting
Compact Fluorescent to LED including new fitting
Compact Fluorescent to LED using same fitting
Incandescent to LED including new fitting
Incandescent to LED using same fitting
T12/T8 to LED including new fitting
T12/T8 to LED using same fitting
Office equipment Office equipment improvements for non-ICT
Renewable energy Biomass boilers
Solar PV
Solar Thermal
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Water Source Heat Pumps
Air Source Heat Pumps
Time switches Time switches
Transformers Low loss (cost difference)
Low loss
Low loss + voltage management (cost difference)
Low loss + voltage management
Transformer tapping change
Ventilation Ventilation – distribution
Fans – air handling unit
Fans – high efficiency
Phase change material
Ventilation – presence controls
Ultrasonic humidifiers

c) Renewable Energy
We would always recommend that people use a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) registered installer. You can find MCS registered installers online here: http://www.microgenerationcertification.org/consumers/installer-search
d) Heating & Electrical System Work
We would always recommend that people use a Gas Safe registered supplier (https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/) or a registered electrician (https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/find-an-electrician/) for any work on heating or electrical systems.