Community is at the heart of M&S and we’re always looking for ways to make Plan A more relevant to the places where our customers and employees live and work. As part of this – and to mark M&S Energy’s electricity going 100% green - M&S Energy recently launched the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund, with up to £400,000 of grants to support community renewable energy projects and technologies across Great Britain.
The Fund was open to any not for profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits – from a community energy group to a sports club, library, school or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment.
We had a fantastic 600 registrations of interest and 246 projects submitted and we were delighted to be able to shortlist 132 projects who secured over 51,000 votes cast by the public in support of their local projects. The winners are now announced on the M&S Energy Fund website
and you can read about the considerations on the judges’ prizes on the M&S blog
The 26 winners were awarded two national prizes of £40,000 and £20,000, with 19 regional projects that required funding up to £12,500 as well as five special Judges’ Prizes for the projects that we felt went the extra mile for their community.
Jonathan Hazeldine, Head of M&S Energy said: “We were absolutely delighted with the number of entries we received for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund and it was brilliant to see communities coming together in support of renewable energy projects in their area – we received over 51,000 votes in total. We have a very worthy list of 26 winners from a whole range of projects which all exemplify the innovative approach communities across the UK are taking to generating their own energy.”
Judges: Ed Davey, Giles Bristow, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Rob Love, Louise Innes and Jonathan Hazeldine