Transition Bro Gwaun’s community funded wind turbine was the first to be set up in Wales, and has been producing clean, green energy since August 2015.
Having repaid the majority of the loans given from the local community, we are now using the income for community and environmental benefit.
We give grants to small businesses and groups across North Pembrokeshire to set up practical climate action and biodiversity projects. In 2022 we awarded just over £15,000 to seven projects, with grants between £500 and £8,000:
- Active Travel West Wales with their Bike Buddies West Wales project.
- Ffynnone Community Resilience with their Learn it & return it training project.
- Grwp Garddio Brynberian Garden Group who ran a Saving Pollinators Day/Dydd Achub Peillwyr.
- Fishguard Sports AFC to install solar panels on their clubhouse as part of their Tregroes Park development.
- Nevern Valley Veg / Llysiau Cwm Nyfer to install a solar powered vegetable irrigation scheme.
- Ysgol Bro Gwaun with their Increasing Biodiversity and Bees project.
- Ysgol Glannau Gwaun with their Sow, Grow and Eat project.
In 2023 we were able to make a further £42,000 available to seven more projects:
- Sea Trust to part fund the installation of a PV system on the Ocean Lab roof and to produce a display on solar technology
- Letterston Memorial Hall to part fund the installation of an air source heat pump heating system
- Heartwood Horticulture to produce peat free compost and biochar to sell to the local community
- Fishguard Sports AFC to develop a rainwater harvesting system to reduce reliance on metered mains water
- Wyld Soul Kitchen, a catering project promoting the ethos of an energy efficient, sustainable, local food culture,
- Fishguard and Goodwick Rugby Club to install solar panels on their clubhouse
- Trees for Resilience to develop a low impact, nature based, tree nursery propagating and selling trees suited to building climate resilience
GRANTS FOR 2024
Applications from organisations and businesses who, as yet, have had little experience in developing climate action projects will be particularly welcome.
We are opening another round of funding in Autumn 2023 when we will seek Expressions of Interest and make grants available early in 2024.
WHO CAN APPLY?
The fund is open to organisations within the North Pembrokeshire area, with priority given to those based within a 10 mile radius of Fishguard. Grant applications are welcomed from:
- youth groups
- community councils
- sports and activity groups
- small local businesses
- young people’s initiatives
- faith groups
- environmental groups, or
- just groups of people with a great idea and entrepreneurial drive.
Applicants need not be experts in climate or environmental issues – TBG can help applicants obtain specialist information and advice.
WHAT CAN THE GRANT BE SPENT ON?
The fund will provide grants up to 100% of project costs, and can be for capital, revenue and core expenditure. The grants can be used to develop practical activity that aids de-carbonisation and/or biodiversity locally e.g.:
- by re-wilding an area
- growing and selling more local food
- reducing transport miles/emissions
- promoting recycling, repairing and repurposing
- using greener energy and reducing energy waste, or
- simply by making a group’s present activities more sustainable.
Preference will be given to initiatives that are visible to the community, engage local people, and highlight the need for urgent action on climate change. It will be important to demonstrate practical ways in which change can be achieved by local communities for both economic and environmental benefit.
HOW TO FIND OUT MORE
For information about the fund and application process
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Invite us to give a presentation to your group/business
TBG Community Climate Fund working group are Tom Latter, Chris Samra, Kate Hawkins, Sian Vaughan, Sue Mackie and Friederike Schmidt.