COMMUNITY groups in Huddersfield could miss out on thousands of pounds of free Government funding for environmental projects.
Not-for-profit low carbon experts CO2Sense say that the deadline for applications for the Local Energy Assessment Fund has been set too tight.
And groups are going to miss out on a slice of up to £130,000 earmarked for local schemes.
The funding – which can be used to help community groups develop energy projects – was announced by the Government on December, 7.
But applications need to be submitted by December 22.
This is not enough time for community groups to complete their plans, according to Joanne Pollard, CEO of CO2Sense.
“Most community groups are run by volunteers, and they simply will not have time in the busy run-up to Christmas to develop plans for a renewable energy installation and to then complete an application form,” she said.
Any community group, including parish councils, voluntary associations, development groups and faith trusts can apply for a share of the £10m Local Energy Assessment Fund, which is administered by the Energy Savings Trust.
The grants – which are expected to average around £50,000 – can be used to help assess the potential for energy efficiency and local renewable energy generation.
To help community groups to get applications in by the deadline, CO2Sense is offering free help with developing a renewable energy proposal and completing the application form.
Ms Pollard said: “As a not-for-profit organisation, we understand how important funding like this is to enable community groups to get renewable energy projects up and operating.”
Community groups who want to find out whether they could take advantage of this offer will need to contact Vicky Wren at CO2Sense on 0113 237 8461 or firstname.lastname@example.org by this Friday, December 16.