Sustainable energy £400,000 prize pot

Hastings’ community groups with sustainable energy ambitions have the opportunity to achieve their goal with a share in a £400,000 prize fund.

M&S Energy and energyshare have joined forces to launch an innovative competition with a £400,000 prize fund to help community groups in Hastings.

Any not for profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy for community benefit, can apply for up to a £40,000 prize fund whether a community energy group, a sports club, a school or any organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment.

Following the initial application and shortlisting, winners will be decided by public vote, enabling local communities to vote on the project they believe offers the greatest benefit to them. There are estimated to be over 5,000 community energy groups currently active in the UK, with over 700 launching every year since 2008.

There will be two national prizes of £40,000 and £20,000, regional funding awards for projects across Great Britain that require a maximum of £12,50 and a Judge’s Prize of £15,000 for the most innovative or inspiring project.

“This is a pioneering initiative,” said Jonathan Hazeldine, Head of M&S Energy. “The M&S Community Energy Fund will enable a wide range of groups to get their projects off the ground and we’re looking forward to hearing about innovative projects that will benefit local communities across the UK”,

Closing date for applications is Wednesday July 29, 2015.

Full details on how to enter can be seen at: www.mandsenergyfund.com