Thursday April 16 saw the launch of ‘Foundation’ – a North West fund established to help individuals and businesses to invest in low-carbon technologies and skills, compensate for unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions, promote biodiversity and tackle fuel poverty.
Set up with an initial £1.6 million from the North West Development Agency (NWDA) and managed by Groundwork, Foundation has set itself a fundraising target of £4 million over the next 3 years. It promises that all the funds donated by individuals and businesses will stay in the NW region.
A number of projects across the NW have already received funding including the Carbon Co-op in Hulme (providing energy meters and advice to encourage people to save energy and money), Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith (installing photovoltaics panels to provide electricity), homes in Wirral & Cheshire (installing solar water heating systems to provide hot water), Pendle (fitting new energy efficient boilers) and Rosley Village Hall in Cumbria (being kept warm with sheep wool insulation).
The ‘Foundation’ wants to prove that “we can take action against climate change, we can live a low carbon lifestyle…and we are the first to do it.”
Community groups and projects can apply for grants of up to £50,000. The next funding round is due to start on May 1. More details from firstname.lastname@example.org or www.climatefund.org.uk