the Community Foundation for the people of Kirklees.

Collective Power Fund

Earlier this year, Kirklees Council announced that it had declared a climate emergency, following increasing concerns about the level of damage that human activity is inflicting on the environment.

In response to this three community energy activists, Hugh Goulbourne, Kate Gilmartin and John O'Grady, have established the 'Collective Power Fund'.

This new fund will help local voluntary and community groups in areas of high deprivation, and provide funding grants to tackle a range of green issues, focusing on using energy more efficiently and taking care of the environment, for example:

  • Replacing old lighting and installing energy efficient LED lighting in community buildings
  • Developing new green spaces, (such as tree planting on a former brown field site, or creating a wildflower meadow outside a community centre).
  • Supporting the costs of training courses, to help community groups who want to develop their energy efficiency and/or environmental ideas (e.g. training as an Energy Heroes Leader to promote and instigate good energy practice)

Local groups are invited to submit funding applications of between £500 and £1,000. This fund is now closed and will open again in July 2020.

One Community makes grants to a wide range of organisations. The Foundation is particularly keen to help grassroots community groups, and small-to-medium-sized voluntary organisations, and priority will be given to these groups. We do not normally make grants to large local, regional and national charities. If in doubt whether your application can be considered, please contact us: (01484) 468397.

This fund is open again to applications in July, 2020.