A fund generated by 6C Energy Purchasing Club and set up by Calderdale Council in partnership with Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) has been helping local environmental projects, charities and community groups become more energy efficient.

The fund is generated by activities of the 6C Energy Purchasing Club, with a specific focus on providing support to a wide variety of community groups who wish to make energy savings and carbon reductions.

Pound for pound match funding is provided by CFFC, who will also manage and promote the fund, assess applications, complete due diligence checks and evaluate the impact of the grants awards.

In its first year, it will have a total pot of £18,000 and the CFFC will invite applications up to £5,000.

Interested eligible organisations can apply for part or full funding for services, such as renewable energy installations, building refurbishments work such as LED lights, insulation, double glazing, improved lighting and heating controls and high efficiency boilers.

Fees relating to professional support needed for feasibility work, project payback and business case development are also eligible.

The CFFC is an expert grant maker and has worked directly with charities and community groups across Calderdale for more than 25 years.

The 6C Energy Purchasing Club was launched in 2015 by Calderdale Council and Kinect Energy (formerly Orchard Energy) to help organisations in Calderdale manage their energy consumption and save money on their energy bills.

It is the first initiative of its kind, offering businesses across the district a number of options adapted to their individual needs, from flexible to traditional fixed contracts.

The Foundation’s experience and annual research conducted means they are uniquely positioned to advise partner organisations, like 6C, on local issues and can ensure the grant aid is allocated to local organisations who can make the best use of the money.

Those that are eligible include constituted voluntary, community and faith groups run for and by local people, registered charities and groups with charitable purposes working in Calderdale, Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends and schools with Academy status.

Rob Billson, Grants Manager at Community Foundation for Calderdale, said: “We are very happy to be partnering with the Kinect Energy Group and Calderdale Council to bring Calderdale’s voluntary and charitable groups this exciting opportunity.

“Together, we can make a difference to the environment by reducing carbon emissions and saving money, while enabling local businesses to make an even greater positive contribution to the communities of Calderdale.”

Kinect Energy Group’s partnerships manager, Caroline Stangroom, said: “Partnering with the CFFC was key to 6C being able to reach out to the wider Calderdale community.

“We’re proud of the fantastic relationship we already enjoy with businesses throughout the district, and we are confident that initiatives like this one will help us connect with even more people and organisations.

“Not only do the businesses make a saving, but the community groups and charities will also benefit from the scheme by the distribution of the community fund.”

To find out more, and to apply, go to www.cffc.co.uk/portfolio/6c-community-energy-fund/