Why are M&S Energy providing this funding?
M&S Energy is part of the M&S Plan A team, our ethical and environmental programme. We aim to source responsibly, reduce waste and help communities. As part of this commitment we want to provide capital funding to support the successful installation of community-led renewables.
M&S Energy is donating £1 per annum in to its Green Energy Fund for every M&S Energy account that is live from 1 March 2016 to the 31 March 2017. As we did so in 2015, this year the Green Energy Fund will be allocated to the community energy grant funding competition.
Who can apply for this funding?
The applicant must be a recognised not for private profit organisation that operate their own premises or have land/a site secured. For example; Parish or Town Councils, local action or interest groups (IPS, CiC, Co-operatives), Scout and Guides groups, village or community hall associations, sports and recreation clubs, Co-operative schools and religious or faith groups but must accept members without gender, social, political, racial or religious discrimination.
What can the funding be spent on?
All capital costs relating to the installation of the specified technology in your application.
What funding is available?
Funding is available for community groups that require a maximum of £12,500 for the installation of a specified technology. £12,500 will be available to one community group within each M&S region.
We also have a minimum allocated funding of £20,000 which will be split between the most inspiring and innovative projects.
How does the competition work?
The competition will be split as outlined below:
Step 1: Applications
Applications must be submitted by completing the online application form by 31st May 2016. You must meet the criteria below to apply:
- Planning Permission or Permitted Development Rights must be obtained by 31st May 2016.
- Funding status declared.
- The level of support from your community must be detailed.
- The benefit to the community and the number of beneficiaries must be outlined.
- The location of the project must be within Great Britain.
Step 2: shortlisting
Applications meeting the criteria will then be shortlisted by a panel. We will be looking for projects with a clear business case and strong community benefit. The final decision on shortlisted projects is at the discretion of M&S Energy.
Step 3: Competition
If your project has been shortlisted, the competition begins! Organise support from your community to vote for your campaign on the website. The most voted for projects in their national or regional category will secure funding.
We will have a pledging functionality available where a voter can vote as well as donate money to their chosen community group.
Step 4: Winners Announced
We’ll announce the winners from the public vote and the judge’ prize by the end of October 2016.
How long do I have to spend the funding?
The eligible costs are limited to expenditure incurred for your project, as outlined in your application, between October 2016 and October 2017.
Are there any other specific conditions to accessing the funding?
- Development permission must already be obtained, or have been granted planning permission by the final application deadline 31st May 2016
- Other secured or planned sources of funding (e.g. loans, share offers) need to be declared. Please refer to the full Terms and Conditions for application and shortlisting criteria.