Our 2021 Community Fund is now OPEN
Your applications welcome
2020 was a difficut year for all groups and organisations, with many plans either scaled back or cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. We are still looking for applications to our 2021 TECs Community Fund.
In 2019/20 we had a great response to our circular to schools, colleges and parish & town councils last year. Thanks to everyone who contacted us. On the back of this, The TECs team has visited about 20 public/private groups and individuals including village halls, schools/colleges and households in Teignbridge. We are working with all these groups to help them evaluate their energy use and make the best decision regarding energy saving measures.
If you have a project you would like some help with, our Community Fund is open to any organisation in Teignbridge. Your proposed project should focus on engagement with Energy, the cornerstone of the TECs vision.
Remember the TECs objectives are :
- Generating income to re-invest in further community energy initiatives in Teignbridge or to provide grants for local community benefit.
- Supporting educational and other community activities which promote awareness of energy use, the value of energy saving measures and environmental stewardship.
Please do contact us if you have a project you would like to raise funds for as there may be other ways we can help you both with finance, assistance and advice. You can find the application form under Community Fund Applications.
Previous recipients were:
2020 Wildlife Warden Scheme with Action on Climate in Teignbridge (ACT) Our TECs Fund enabled ACT to employ Flavio Ford to co-ordinate a project to establish volunteer wildlife wardens throughout Teignbridge. A perfect fit with our environmental stewardship aims.
2019 The lucky recipient of £500 was DAWLISH COLLEGE for their LED lighting in the Humanities Block. Congratulations! The lights were fitted by the in-house team. We look forward to working with Dawlish on engagement of staff and students around their energy use with a further £500 of grant funding.
We also allocated a small grant of £300 to Newton Abbot College for their recycling and plastics free initiative. This came about through the SOUP initiative operated by the Teignbridge Community Volunteer Service.
2018 £1,000 were awarded to the Village Hall St Tedburn St Mary for help with increasing the use on site of solar power generated by LED lighting, plus other measures to improve heating and hot water efficiency. Interestingly after detailed monitoring using the TECs energy pack, the money was used for other replacement equipment. Phil Durbin from the Village Hall Committee reported back, “In the end it came down to one area where we were using significant amounts of electricity……lighting. We have over 50 fluorescents and almost a dozen other basic light units at the hall……none are LED. I think we knew that it was an area where we could save energy use, but we were shocked by the significance of how much we could save. Fuad and I went through all the calculations and decided there were indeed significant savings to be made”
2017 £600 was awarded to Teign School . LED lighting panels were successfully installed in one corridor, saving more energy and money.