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NEW ROUND OF CARBON NEUTRAL EXMOOR GRANTS

Working in partnership, the Exmoor Trust and Exmoor National Park are 
pleased to announce a new round of funding from the Carbon Neutral 
Exmoor project to support community-based renewable energy projects.

Funding is available to cover the costs of installing renewable energy
(including both power and heat) within community buildings across Exmoor
 National Park. The funding is offered as a grant repayable via the
 government’s Clean Energy Cashback for a period of ten years or until the 
grant is repaid (whichever is the shortest). This is at minimal risk to 
the community as cashback payments (through the Feed in Tariff for power
 and the Renewable Heat Incentive for heat) are guaranteed for a 20-year 
period once a project is accepted and the grant is only repaid via these
 contributions.

Archie McIntyre, Fund Manager and Vice Chairman of the Exmoor Trust
, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to play an active role in 
supporting communities that wish to take advantage of cleaner and
 cheaper energy. Our hope is that any community organisation that is 
interested in sourcing alternative power or heat requirements will be 
able to do so without having to find the significant capital funds often 
required for such schemes.”

On behalf of Exmoor National Park Authority, Dan James, Sustainaheble Economy
Manager, said: “To date the fund has been able to support over 20 
community projects through the Carbon Neutral Exmoor project, 
incorporating a range of technology from solar pv to woodchip heating
 systems. Not only is this work helping to reduce carbon emissions within 
the National Park, it is also helping to provide modern facilities within
 community buildings and helping them to reduce their monthly expenditure
on fuel bills.”

Community buildings that have benefitted in the past have include sport
 clubs, village halls, community-owned shops, schools and even a pub. At
 this stage any organisation that may be interested in taking forwards a
 project is encouraged to submit brief details to the Exmoor Trust as an
 expression of Interest by the end of March 2016. This will help to 
assess demand for the scheme now and into the future and the Trust will
 advise you as to whether a project might be eligible for a full 
application.

 For further details please visit 
www.exmoortrust.org.uk/carbon_neutral_exmoor_fund.php.