Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

The Sunshine Fund 2022 is now open to expressions of interest

The Sunshine Fund 2022 is now open to expressions of interest

Burnham & Weston Energy’s Sunshine Fund 2022 is now open, with £50k available to local organisations who want to benefit their local community and the environment. Those interested in applying for a grant are asked to submit their Expression of Interest by Monday 31st January 2022.

They are looking to support new and exciting community-led projects that will enhance local people’s quality of life and protect or improve our local environment.

What type of projects do they want to fund?
They imagine they will fund projects that focus on activities such as:

Growing local food – community gardens or orchards

Improving our natural environment – projects such as nature trails, rewilding, and re-planting that highlight and improve our natural environment, and help people enjoy it more.

Repair, reuse and sharing – repair cafes, libraries of things, and other opportunities that build communities around reducing the amount of unwanted items that go to landfill.

Climate education and communication – events, activities and installations that engage and interest people in the environment and taking climate action such as art and media projects, climate citizens assemblies, citizen science projects, youth climate action, forest schools, workshops, film nights and talks.

Low carbon skills – building your community’s capability to become a low carbon community and to ensure a fairer, greener, future for all. This could include Carbon Literacy Training, supporting people in your community to develop skills such as Electric Vehicle maintenance, repair, sustainable making and manufacturing.

Sustainable transport – helping people to travel more easily using sustainable transport options and to leave their car at home more often whether they’re wanting to get their shopping home, or travel to school or work. This might include community electric car clubs, community charging hubs, local walk or bike to school groups, or community borrow-a-(electric)-bicycle schemes.

Improving resource efficiency – energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction – projects, including renewable energy, that improve places (such as halls, centres, allotments, parks and empty spaces) by reducing carbon emissions, and encourage more use of the space and so strengthening their community.

Community net zero plans and actions – community-led projects that help your community plan and implement actions to reduce local carbon emissions or adapt to the local impacts of climate change.

However, Burnham & Weston Energy is open to your ideas – you will undoubtedly have great ideas they haven’t even thought of! They want to encourage you to think big in terms of the positive impact you will have on your local community.
For more information about the Sunshine Fund, and whether Burnham & Weston Energy is the right funder for your project, please read the Sunshine Fund 2022 Guidance notes http://www.burnhamandwestonenergy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Sunshine-Fund-2022-Guidance-notes-2.pdf

If you choose to apply, they are asking interested community organisations to send them an Expression of Interest by Monday 31st January- http://www.burnhamandwestonenergy.co.uk/sunshine-fund/sunshine-fund-opens-2022/.

Burnham & Weston Energy’s Sunshine Fund is supported by:

Somerset Community Foundation | Charity - Somerset Chamber

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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