When you buy clean energy or invest in one of our partner projects you can be reassured that profits are used to make a difference.
Our local partner projects are set to hand over £2m to groups around Swansea over the next 20 years, while the funds we co-ordinate in England will distribute a further £3m to communities near solar farms we are involved in.
If you are based in Swansea, have a business idea for an ecological enterprise and need a bit of support, if we can’t help, we will know someone who can. Simply get in touch today.
To access grants from our renewable energy projects keep updated to hear when funding rounds open and close.
Recent funding awards and in-kind support in and around Swansea:
Gower Power Co-op CIC
Cae Tan Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Bespoke in kind consultancy support to secure funds from Natural Resources Wales for scaling up Cae Tan’s business and widening its impact.
Gower Power Solar Ltd (Brynwhilach)
Cae Tan Community Supported Agriculture
Funding towards an educational officer to deliver schools work in disadvantaged communities, and towards video shorts to raise awareness of CSA.
Swansea Community Energy & Enterprise Scheme (SCEES)
2018 saw the launch of the first SCEES Community Benefit Fund. For the first year of the fund SCEES decided that funds should be available to the nine host schools:
- £500 was available to each school
- £1000 was available to the best idea submitted
- School were free to decide on how these funds were to be spent (PTA/Governors/Eco-Committee)
- The funding could not be used to cover general school running costs
- Any money granted had to be related to Energy or Enterprise and within 1 mile radius of the school
SCEES supported 5 fantastic projects at Cadle, Gendros, Townhill, Dylan Thomas and Gors. Most of these were related to funding equipment, tools and seeds to help expanding school food growing initiatives with two schools also linking this to selling produce both at school and giving surplus to parents and the local community centre. Other initiatives included a sustainable transport system whereby parents and children can hire scooters to replace car journeys to and from school.
To find out more about funds from SCEES for delivering enterprise and education projects in and around Townhill and Penderry Wards please contact Chris Small.
Gower Regeneration Ltd
Gower Heritage Centre
Gower Regeneration (GRL) will be working with the Gower Heritage Centre to explore the links between new and old forms of energy generation. As well as creating educational resources, GRL will be investing in new technologies at the Heritage Centre to reduce its environmental impact, for example, the GRL members recently agreed to pay for a new EV charge point.
Here is Roy Church, director of GRL and manager of the Gower Heritage Centre talking about the heritage links:
Recent funding awards in Wiltshire and Shropshire:
Twemlows Community Energy CIC 1 & 2
- Running costs, art workshops and “Zero Waste” provision at a popular, educational, annual community event with ecological themes
Whitchurch Community Allotment Association
- Training and equipment to expand into beekeeping on site
Queensway Playing Fields Association
- A ride-on mower, volunteer training, play equipment, wildflower meadow and habitat improvements for amphibians at a community-run park and orchard
Shropshire Rural Communities Association
- Funding towards “Affordable Warmth” work helping people in rural communities to reduce winter energy use and costs
- Over £10,000 in two years to distribute to small local community projects to improve the environment or reduce isolation.
Lower Basset Down Community Energy CIC
Wiltshire Community Foundation
- £28,000 to distribute for local Youth Social Action projects (matched pound for pound by Big Lottery & UK government): #iwill fund