Energise Barnsley is dedicated to fuel poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability and supporting vulnerable people living in the region.
In addition to providing tenants with free electricity from their solar-PV generation and community ownership of the solar assets on schools and other council buildings, Energise Barnsley dedicates all surplus profits from the generation of renewable electricity to the Community Fund.
The Fund will be used to further the aims of Energise Barnsley (see below) and will provide an opportunity for members to have a shared and vested interest in improving the lives of individuals living in their community. Energise Barnsley will aim to maximise the impact that can be generated and seek to engage with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and local organisations, where possible, to increase the scope of impact.
In 2016/7 the members voted at the AGM to make awards to Goldthorpe Devleopment Group, AGE UK Barnsley, Wombwell Primary School and St Aidan Community Hall. The projects funded include paying for skips to prevent fly tipping and remove unwanted waste in neighbourhoods, and funding a street bed planting team to continue their good work in bringing a sense of pride back to neglected streets.
In 2017/8 the fund made awards to Gateway Church, Age UK Barnsley and Citizens Advice Bureau Barnsley, and the Dearne Playhouse Theatre. The board of EB asked Age UK and CAB to work jointly on an initiative to prevent excess winter deaths in a statiscally high ward in Barnsley – Worsbrough. EB produced a white paper ‘Preventing Excess Winter Deaths’ on the initiative to aid planning of the pilot project.
The grant awarded to Gateway Church for their ‘Food For Thought – Healthy Cook and Eat’ initiative catalysed other local funding to co-invest, resulting in more classes being available for those on low-incomes. Please view the presentation from Gateway Church to our 2018 AGM here
Our community energy solar project retains the feed in tariff subsidy, (which as energy bill consumers we have all paid for) to provide local financial resilience through our community bond, and to support local initiatives awarded grants through our fund.
The Community Fund 2018/19 is now open for applications – please see EB Community Fund 2018-19
What are the aims of the Society?
Energise Barnsley aims:
- To deploy low carbon technologies to provide social impacts for the benefit of the community;
- To support Barnsley council, the local community and voluntary organisations generate and supply renewable sources of energy and promote energy efficiency;
- To support members of the community suffering from fuel poverty by ensuring people’s needs for affordable warmth and other energy services are met; and
- To support vulnerable members of the community such as those suffering from education inequality, unemployment, and child poverty to ensure people’s needs for a healthy and stimulating life are met.
Who can apply?
Individuals and organisations from the Barnsley area can apply. Proposals must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible for consideration:
- The proposal aligns with at least one of the aims of the Society
- The amount of the funding requested is at least £100.
- The funds are being used for the benefit of the local community to meet a demonstrable local need.
- There is a defined impact from the use of the funds.
- Projects will be delivered within the Barnsley region for the benefit of its residents.