The Bright Green Community Trust

A new fund, The Bright Green Community Trust (BGCT), has been launched to provide grant funding for projects, across the Holme Valley Parish and the Graveship of Holme.

This fund has been set up by HoTTWind@Longley Ltd, a community benefit society that operates a wind turbine which supplies green electricity to Longley Farm, near Holmfirth.Turbine Rainbow

 

Mandy Fawcett, from Longley Farm said, “The partnership between Longley Farm and HoTT came about as a way to promote and encourage environmental projects, whilst ensuring that local people would benefit. After a year of generating electricity, it will be great to see the benefits of the turbine coming into effect.”

 

Janet Williams, Chair of HoTT (Holmfirth Transition Town), said: “We are delighted to finally announce the launch of the new Community Fund, which will be supported by some of the income generated by the HoTTWind@Longley turbine. We are now inviting applications for grants for green projects which residents would like to develop in the Holme Valley. We expect that the projects will be community based, help to cut carbon emissions and contribute towards a more sustainable future for the Holme Valley community.”

 

 

The Bright Green Community Trust (BGCT) Fund will ensure that the community wind turbine, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant benefits to local people. The BGCT Fund will be administered by One Community, the Community Foundation for Kirklees. 

 

Funding must directly benefit local community projects and initiatives, such as:

Projects that have clear environmental benefits

- Community food growing projects

- Energy efficiency or saving projects 

- Renewable energy projects

Educational projects with a sustainability angle

Projects that reduce or prevent pollution

-  Projects that alleviate fuel poverty

Carbon reduction projects that involve or promote biodiversity or conservation work

 

All projects must be community-based, reduce carbon emissions and contribute towards a more sustainable future for the Holme Valley community.

 

Applications are invited up to £2,000, from both groups and individuals, (and can also be part of a contribution towards a higher cost project). Larger grants may, in exceptional circumstances, be awarded at the discretion of the grants panel.

 

Projects must be within the Holme Valley Parish boundary, (incorporating the Graveship of Holme), see the map on the One Community website.

 

The fund will open to applications on Thursday, 9 February, with a deadline for applications of Thursday, 13 April.  Funding grants will be awarded in May, 2017. Further details and a link to the application form can be found on the One Community website: www.one-community.org.uk

 

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