Energyshare brings people together in person and online to build local renewable energy and efficiency projects.
As well as giving advice and tools to build support online, it also runs the Energyshare fund, giving money to community groups to get renewable energy projects off the ground.
Last year's fund winners, picked by public vote from a shortlist, were Hexham River Hydro, North Devon Hospice, Portobello and Leith Community Wind Energy Project and Shrewsbury Hydro.
Now Energyshare are about to open applications for another round of funding. This time they're aiming at groups who need some start-up cash for things like feasibility studies, legal advice or planning applications. There's five lots of £5,000 and three lots of £2,500 up for grabs, with two different ways to get some cash for your group.
There's five lots of £5,000 and three lots of £2,500 up for grabs.
To go for the £5,000, groups will have to raise £5,000 of their own. Energyshare are making this easy by giving groups free use of their sister crowdfunding site peoplefund.it – groups will just need to record a short video to introduce their project.
The first five to reach £5k will get the match funding, giving them a cool £10,000 for their project. And even if your group isn't one of the lucky winners, if it reaches the magic £5,000 target, it can keep on using the site to raise funds free of charge.
For those who don't feel so confident drumming up support online, projects can be entered for funding of £2,500 simply by filling out an application form with their details. A judging panel made up of members from NESTA, Forum for the Future and British Gas will choose the winners.
Applications for the fund open on April 10th, but groups – and their supporters - can register an interest now on the site to make sure they'll get a heads-up.