“Earlier this year, Kirklees Council announced that it had declared a climate emergency, following increasing concerns about the level of damage that human activity is inflicting on the environment.
In response to this three community energy activists, Hugh Goulbourne, Kate Gilmartin and John O’Grady, have established the ‘Collective Power Fund’.
This new fund will help local voluntary and community groups in areas of high deprivation, and provide funding grants to tackle a range of green issues, focusing on using energy more efficiently and taking care of the environment, for example:
Replacing old lighting and installing energy efficient LED lighting in community buildings
Developing new green spaces, (such as tree planting on a former brown field site, or creating a wildflower meadow outside a community centre).
Supporting the costs of training courses, to help community groups who want to develop their energy efficiency and/or environmental ideas (e.g. training as an Energy Heroes Leader to promote and instigate good energy practice)
Local groups are invited to submit funding applications of between £500 and £1,000. The fund is open from Tuesday 2nd July, and closes on Tuesday 17th September”