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New Fund aims to give 'Power to the People'

New Fund aims to give 'Power to the People'

Monday 09 November 2020

New Fund aims to give 'Power to the People'


Environmental initiatives large and small could receive financial support under a new community fund set up by Guernsey Electricity.

The island's electricity provider has created an annual fund for individuals and organisations who want to set up or expand projects that benefit the environment and local community.

The newly-formed ‘Power to the People Fund’ offers grants to groups across the Bailiwick and is aimed at initiatives that embrace environmental sustainability, in line with the four pillars of the company’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy. 

“Supporting these initiatives and causes is a key part of what we stand for," said Sally-Ann David, Guernsey Electricity’s Chief Operating Officer.

"We recognise that many islanders are in tune with our own aspirations for tackling climate change, encouraging sustainable energy use, supporting healthy ecosystems and educating the community and we want to further the positive steps we are taking within our business operations by broadening our efforts to our community.”

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Pictured: The Power to the People Fund has been set up by Guernsey Electricity. 

Whilst previous activities have focused on youth and community, this new direction provides for a range of projects and delivers measurable benefits for achieving sustainable development. We look forward to supporting the work of successful applicants in making a real difference, not just now but into the future.”

The fund has launched and is now open to community groups, charities, social enterprises, cooperatives, schools, individuals and amateur sports clubs from across the Bailiwick.

There is an online submission via the company’s website, followed by an assessment of the suitability of each application based on set criteria. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2021 and funds are allocated twice per year, £6,000 in March and a similar amount in September.

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