Working to reduce our carbon footprint
Transition Portishead administers the Community Benefit Fund on behalf of Low Carbon Gordano. (Learn more about the work of Low Carbon Gordano Here).
The provision of significant local community benefits is central to Low Carbon Gordano’s vision. The benefits are distributed through a Community Benefit Fund which derives the bulk of its income from the surpluses generated from the Moorhouse Lane and the Ham Lane Solar Arrays and any future energy generation schemes. The Fund will be used for the purpose of developing more carbon saving projects in the community.
Transition Portishead has established a Community Benefit Fund Committee (CBFC) to administer the fund and the committee includes representatives from communities in North Somerset as well as communities near to Low Carbon Gordano's projects.
Community Benefit Fund 2018
The Community Benefit Fund Committee will launch the third round of grants on 1st January 2018. In 2018 the fund will have around £15,000 to support local community organisations in efforts to reduce their carbon emissions and save money. This year the funds have been topped up by around £800 from LCG members donating a portion of the interest earned on their shares in the Society. LCG has also set aside £1,500 for a project in the developing world: last year this was used to support a project in Kenya in partnership with local North Somerset charity Mend the Gap.
Money will only be given to organisations which provide demonstrable benefit to the community for schemes with clear carbon savings.
Application form 2018
An application form, which also provides guidance on how it should be completed, can be downloaded Here. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.
The annual report of the CBFC for 2017 can be downloaded Here
A table detailing the projects supported can be downloaded Here