Jump to Regional Winners
See our winners from last year, changing their local community.
Papworth Trust Solar Panel Fund
Region: East Anglia
Papworth Trust offers essential support and care to disabled and older people as well as their families and carers throughout the East of England and beyond. They are looking to install solar panels at their Ipswich Centre, so that they can instead focus savings on more learning and leisure activities.
WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: Papworth Trust have applied two years in a row for the M&S Energy fund and their determination to achieve funding was inspiring. They had shown some clear progress since last year's’ application, showing some developments in becoming a more sustainable organisation through LED installations and refurbishments using recycled materials. But more so, Papworth came back this year with a real grasp on how to launch a successful marketing campaign and secured a huge amount of support with 1545 votes - much more than last year.
55th Ayrshire (Dairy) Scout Group
We are looking to install an energy efficient insulated roof at the Dalry Scout Hall as part of an exciting redevelopment of our Scout meeting place.
Funding has been granted from the local Dalry Parish Boundary Trust, Community Windpower Ltd, Big Lottery 'Awards for All' and from Scouts Scotland.
WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: It was great that the Scout group had already been bidding to raise money to complete their substantial refurbishment works, having been successful in raising almost two thirds of their funding already. It’s good to see that the newly refurbished building will benefit the wider community and not just the Scouts, increasing its community purpose. It might not seem as glamorous but the Scout group followed the essential rule in energy saving - to insulate first!
Region: Home Counties South
To install a number of kinetic tiles in the ICT corridor to generate electricity utilizing the power of footsteps. The installation consists of a number of kinetic tiles, covering an area of the school corridor. The installation is designed to not only save electricity but also encourage the students and staff to engage with a tangible energy solution.
WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: One of the most innovative projects in the competition this year, the judge’s quickly agreed on awarding this one once they saw the great video made by the students of Amery Hill School. The judges were impressed that a new form of technology had been proposed, but mostly were excited by the prospect of the whole school getting involved to power the school through just their footsteps.
Power to the Anglers
All under one roof, this community pub has created a buzzing hub that also includes a cafe and village Post Office. However, with high energy bills for The Angler’s Rest, they are looking to reduce costs with solar panels.
WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: A unanimous vote amongst the judges as the project showed clear and enthusiastic community support. The judges were particularly impressed with the drive within the community to make sure they didn’t lose this community hub raising money between themselves with community shares to buy the pub and make it into something unique and special.
Toxteth Food Central
Region: Merseyside, Cheshire & North Wales
This new and pioneering community-led food hub comprises of an affordable food store, cafe, training space and garden. The team at Toxteth Food Central recognise that food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems, but also a vital part of the solution. They need funding to fit solar PV’s to the ecologically friendly building in order to be powered by clean, renewable energy.
WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: It was truly inspiring after having faced a devastating setback when the first build burnt down - the community drive was so strong that a new build is now up and running again. Making good food available to some marginalised members of the community is so essential to the well-being and health of the wider community. Food is always the perfect way to get people together and now the sun will help power the hub, as well as grow the crops in the garden.
Teckels Animal Sanctuaries Renewable Energy Campaign
Region: South Wales & West
Teckels Animal Sanctuary, an animal rescue charity, uses a large amount of hot water to keep bedding and blankets clean for their animals in care. An Air Source heat pump will reduce energy costs so they can help more animals in need.
WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: there's no doubt that with over 3,000 votes Teckels Animal Sanctuaries pulled out all the stops, narrowly missing out of the regional win. Driving such community engagement, raising funding towards the installation by crowdfunding, and installing a brilliant technology such as an air source heat pump got the judges attention.
Power to Ollerton
Region: Central East
The Lifespring Centre is aiming to develop their premises as a “green" focal point within the community, in turn enabling the Centre to achieve more sustainability.
Don't let the SpArC go out.
Region: Central West
SpArC Leisure Theatre serves the town and wider community of villages, hamlets and numerous small schools in rural Shropshire. With the daunting prospect of losing Council funding in March 2017, SpArC are looking for funding to provide a cover for the pool which will save 15% energy costs per day.
Wendron Cricket Club solar power battery storage system
The thriving Wendron Cricket Club are determined to maximise the usage of their green facilities and to set an example for other community based clubs. By fitting battery storage to harness the output of our 38kW and 148 panel solar arrays, they can keep their green dream alive.
Thornham Village Hall and Playing Field
Region: East Anglia
In the course of seeking to provide a variety of activities for the community, Thornham Village Hall are increasingly aware of their carbon footprint. They are keen to install solar panels as another source of renewable energy, to ensure the continued environmental and financial sustainability of the Hall.
Last year, Applecross built a community hydro scheme which generates 90kw when there is enough water in the burn. With steep hills in this remote location, it is able to generate a lot of energy most of the time. However, they are looking to finance a private grid that will allow the hydro scheme to earn a higher income per unit, which means they can sell affordable heat from their community to local people and increase income to the surrounding areas.
Glamis Hall Rooftop Solar Panels
Region: Home Counties North
Glamis Hall are looking to generate their own energy with efficient and costly solar panels so that in turn they can fund more projects for local people.
Spelthorne Gymnastics - New Sports Centre
Region: Home Counties South
With a membership of over 1,000 children, Spelthorne Gymnastics were unfortunately handed an eviction notice in 2013 on their current gymnastics facility. They are looking to build a new energy efficient gymnastics and sports facility to save their club from closure.
R.O.S.A and Darwen Tennis Club
Formed in 2004 by local residents, R.O.S.A (Residents of Sunnyhurst Association) soon teamed up with the Darwen Tennis Club to to use their Clubhouse as a meeting point. Whilst this has been a fine arrangement for the past four years, it has become increasingly apparent that the whole building is in a bad state of repair. Together, they are funding to renovate the building into a warm and welcoming hub to be enjoyed for many more years to come.
London Straw Build
This energy-generating community hub are looking to build Europe’s first straw bale church building, using the process to train all ages in self-build and education. The M&S Energy fund will help to either install solar panels or a heat pump - or potentially both!
Powering the Neuromuscular Centre
Region: Merseyside, Cheshire & North Wales
The Neuromuscular Centre, also known as NMC, is expanding it’s building from which it delivers specialist services for muscular dystrophy - all with a commitment to energy efficiency.
A Greener Brighter Future for Coxhoe Village Hall
Region: North East
Opening in 1932, Coxhoe Village Hall is a permanent war memorial to WW1. In 2013, a group of new volunteers took over responsibility of the Hall and have carried out a comprehensive programme of refurbishment, with one of the main priorities to explore how to reduce overheads through a Green Building Project. The M&S Energy Fund will enable Coxhoe to install solar panels and in turn continue to preserve local heritage and enhance their community.
Broadoak Primary School Eco Council LED Lighting Upgrades
Region: North West
Green-flag status Broadoak Primary School are launching their most ambitious project yet - to raise enough funds to upgrade the lights in their KS2 classrooms to LED lights. Not only are they better for the environment, but are proved to enhance learning too!
South Tyneside Gymnastics Centre
Region: Northumberland & Newcastle
South Tyneside Gymnastics and Wellbeing Centre are seeking investment to improve the energy efficiency of their outdated centre lighting, meaning that they can focus and invest their savings into growing champions instead.
Cardigan Pool Solar
Region: South West and Wales
Cardigan Swimming Pool & Leisure Complex is a hub of community life in the area; keeping people fit and connected. With a serious threat to their future in not being able to improve their building or financial situation, the M&S Energy Fund will help to install solar PV, reduce running costs and essentially keep this community facility open.
The Big Lemon Solar Bus Project
A pioneering community project to power zero-emission electric buses with solar panels on the roof of The Big Lemon's bus depot in Brighton. Using an innovative combination of three renewable technologies, the project will generate clean energy during the day, store it in a battery and then charge up the Solar Buses overnight.
Prospects House - Energy efficiency
Region: South East
SCDA has been involved for several years with the Council-led fuel poverty programmes across East Sussex. The evidence from these schemes has shown that the most effective ways to affect the public attitude to energy saving measures is to be able to practically demonstrate their effectiveness and assist people in making the changes that are appropriate to them. Energy saving improvements on a public building aims to inspire others to kick-start measures to address fuel poverty in the community.
Region: South West
This large comprehensive school and sixth form want to install LED lights in order to provide more light for less electricity, which in turn will keep their demand for electricity as close to zero as possible.
Gordano School LED Project
Gordano School is raising funds to replace inefficient strip lighting with energy saving LED lights throughout the School. They aim to reduce their carbon footprint and make savings that can be spent directly on education.
Learn for Life Enterprise
By installing solar panels on their community learning centre, the Learn for Life Enterprise will make savings used to educate, improve social welfare, integration, cohesion and well-being.