Community Funds now open for applications (Closing date 31st October 2019)

The Community Funds donated by Orchard Community Energy and Kent Community Energy are now open for applications. Charities are invited to apply for grants to assist in financing community projects.

The members of Orchard Community Energy have allocated a community fund of £10,000 for projects starting in 2020. Grants will be between a minimum of £2,000 and a maximum of £5,000. Projects must benefit the residents of Swale and/or Medway districts of Kent.

Kent Community Energy has allocated a community fund of £20,000 for projects starting in 2020. Grants will be between a minimum of £2,000 and a maximum of £10,000. Projects must benefit the residents of one or more of the following districts of East Kent: Canterbury, DoverFolkestone and Hythe, Thanet.

For both funds:

  • The applicant must be a Charity and beneficiaries cannot be specific individuals.
  • The project must address at least one of the following objectives: wildlife conservation, climate change mitigation and/or adaption, the alleviation of fuel poverty or support for vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.
  • The project should be ready to start in January 2020 and aim to be completed by the end of the year.
  • Completed applications must be received by midday on 31stOctober 2019.

The 2019 application process for both funds is being managed by Orchard Community Energy. For full details of how to apply please download the relevant Guide for Applicants 2019-20 and Application for Funding Summary Form 2019-20 from the Documents section.