CREW discovered this week that we just missed the cut for shortlisting for the M&S Community Fund. Begun in 2015, Marks and Spencer run a national competition offering grants to community energy projects across 20+ regions of the UK. Customers and members of the public vote for their favourite shortlisted regional projects who receive grants of up to £12,500 towards community energy initiatives.
The opportunity to use a big grant to good use encouraged CREW to reach out to new community partners to collaborate for the competition. This has kicked off initial discussions with Putney Arts Theatre to identify what energy generation and efficiency measures could help transform their building’s environmental performance.
Unfortunately, the M&S Community Energy Fund required match funding before any project could be shortlisted. No doubt, CREW will return next year to apply. In the meantime, we are very excited to be exploring opportunities for collaboration with Putney Arts Theatre. Watch this space for updates in the coming months.
In the meantime, take a look at some of the fantastic competition winners from the M&S Community Energy Fund in 2015.