Climate Emergency/Carbon Zero Fund: Guidance Notes for applicants 2021
- Purpose of the Fund
This fund has been set up by Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) in partnership with Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) as equal funders, to support local environmental projects.
CMBC and CFFC will work together long-term to raise awareness of Climate Emergency and raise endowment funds for the distribution of grants/loans to support capital and revenue projects in Calderdale.
The fund has a specific focus on providing support to a wide variety of community groups to make energy savings and carbon reductions.
- Aim of the fund, expected outcomes
The aim of the fund is to help Calderdale reach its targets for carbon saving with the aim of becoming Carbon Neutral.
The target is for the Borough to be Carbon neutral by 2038.
We cannot calculate exact carbon savings that could be made by this funding. However, we hope that the funding might unlock savings similar to those made by the Salix Public Sector Energy Efficiency Fund which had a target cost of £500 per. tonne of CO2 avoided.
Using a price point of £500 / tonne of carbon, we would aim for £1m of investment to deliver 2,000 tonnes of carbon saving over the project lifetime.
You will be asked in your application how you will measure the carbon savings made by your project and your own organisation’s carbon footprint and expected to report on this on a regular basis to the funders.
- Eligible Groups and activities
The types of groups that can apply are:
- Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups run for and by local people (Note: individuals cannot apply)
- Registered charities and groups with charitable purposes working in Calderdale
- Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends
- Schools (for non-statutory activity)
Please read the Community Foundation for Calderdale guidance for additional guidance on eligibility, see https://cffc.co.uk/eligibility/
- Key Priorities for this round (July and August 2021)
The key priorities for this round are around Transport, Buildings and Education/awareness raising
a) Projects which will impact on the Carbon impact of transport.
Travel is responsible for 40% of Calderdale’s carbon footprint. For example; a 10 mile commute – one year – of driving in normal traffic contributes 4,500Kg of carbon dioxide pollution to the environment, driving further climate change.
Indicative eligible Projects might cover themes such as vehicle co-ownership (providing an alternative to car ownership to reduce car usage and therefore carbon emissions), the installation of Community eCars in locations close to older persons housing and areas of deprivation across Calderdale, and projects which support active travel and public transport.
b) Projects which will impact on the Carbon footprint of Buildings
43% of our local carbon emissions come from buildings. Heritage buildings – which we have many of in Calderdale – can be more expensive to retrofit to low carbon operation. As an example of the scale of the problem, the Council’s estate generated 2,577,000 kg of Co2 pollution in 2019/20.
We want to encourage Calderdale community groups to undertake energy efficiency works to reduce emissions as a priority. In most cases these works will also reduce operational costs and make buildings more comfortable for occupants.
Projects could include:
- Cost for an external expert to provide consultancy advice or support for low carbon building refurbishment
- Renovation of heating and hot water systems
- Installation of new high efficiency LED lighting
- Installation of new building controls to ensure smart operation
- Retrofitting insulation
- Adding appropriate renewable energy systems to a building (e.g. PV, heat pump)
- Exploring suitable window systems that would address concerns around listed buildings and conservation but also be financially viable – for installation, maintenance and energy-efficiency.
- There is an equipment list at section 10b which sets out many types of equipment which can help different types of buildings save energy
Replacement of windows for double glazing and insulation are valuable low carbon retrofit measures, but actual carbon saved by these interventions p.a. can be low when compared with installation costs. We would recommend that applicants consider interventions like LED lighting and heating controls alongside lighting and glazing to maximize financial and carbon savings.
c) Projects which via Education and people development increase the awareness and knowledge of Climate change and the vital need to reduce our carbon footprint and which will lead to new ideas and projects for future rounds.
This could involve:
- Delivering Carbon / Climate Emergency Training. This could cover supporting people to develop an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis. Carbon Literacy is a term used to describe an awareness of climate change, and the climate impacts of mankind’s everyday actions.
- Developing sustainability education courses around building retrofit, renewable energy, sustainable transport, repair, re-use, low carbon diets and energy saving
Creating spaces where people can learn practical skills and engage with issues around carbon emissions through volunteering, arts and educational activities.
- Working with groups who are often under-represented in climate conversations: BAME / South Asian communities, those without higher level qualifications and communities in areas of depravation across Calderdale, to inform, communicate, educate and empower people through better understanding of the environment. Work might include basic information on energy efficient measures, saving money and improve the environment through better understanding of reducing waste, recycling, and food waste, and skills transfer.
5. Types of costs that are eligible for grant and loan support.
- a) The funds are for Capital and Revenue costs. We expect that projects that require a bigger grant will be largely capital.
Costs can include:
- Costs of equipment
- Costs of alterations etc to buildings
- Fees relating to professional support needed for feasibility work / project payback / business case development are also eligible.
- Training and information costs
- b) Grant Loan awards may be offered to suitable applications on a case by case basis. These will normally be offered when the applicant meets the criteria for this:
- Over 6 months reserves
- Applied for support for capital projects.
- Has, or as a result of the loan, will develop income generation or costs savings measures.
- Is able to repay the loan.
- The project scores highly enough
Loans will be interest free and repayment period will be negotiated on a case by case basis.
- Fund value and allocations
There will be up to 4 rounds of funding.
Round one in July and August 2021 will have at least £125k available for grants. We anticipate that there will be one grant of up to £40k, 2 grants up to £20k and £65k for grants between £1k and £10k.
Future rounds will be in March 2022 and October 2022
- Application process
The closing date for first round applications was on 13th September 2021 with decisions expected by end of October.
Applications can be made using the CFFC online application form using this link:
Applicants need to read the Application form guidance below, which details how to answer the application form questions.
- Application Form Guidance
The application form asks questions relating to your project proposal, this guidance is to show you where to put information that shows you are meeting the criteria for this fund.
These questions are in Section 2 of the Application form:
(a) Please describe how will you spend the grant to meet the priority chosen
Please detail the project you intend to carry out, what type of energy project you want to do, and also refer to how the project relates to the Vital Signs theme around “Environment”.
i) Please describe how your project will help work towards a carbon neutral Calderdale District and save or reduce the Districts Carbon Footprint and how you will measure this
Please detail the evidence you have that this project will save energy and reduce the carbon footprint.
ii) How will your project make a significant impact on a lot of people as a visible action
Please detail how you think this project will make a positive improvement for the people and community you work with in relation to reaching a Carbon zero Calderdale.
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO CARRY OUT A CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATION FOR YOUR ORGANISATION, HERE IS A LINK TO A SPREADSHEET TO HELP YOU DO THIS, AS PART OF THE APPLICATION.
For Section 3, which is about impact, please choose the “Environment” Vital Signs theme.
This is what the CFFC Vital Signs Report says about “Environment”:
“The data presented as a natural environment score and a natural beauty score do not appear to do justice to the hilly rural beauty of Calderdale but probably reflect the way the scorers use national criteria that do not credit our rural but post-industrial landscape. However, Calderdale still scores well compared with our West Yorkshire neighbours (although Kirklees significantly outperforms Calderdale for the natural beauty score) and Calderdale is rated most tranquil district in West Yorkshire by a significant amount.
In preserving our environment Calderdale does well, with a much better air quality than the national average (although domestic CO2 emissions are high) and the best local recycling rates.
Flooding remains an issue for the Calder Valley”
The flooding events in 2012, 2015 and 2020 have led to widespread damage and had a devastating impact on Calderdale Communities.
- Fund acknowledgment
All successful applicants will be required to follow the PR protocol that CFFC has adopted, see http://www.cffc.co.uk/portfolio/grant-acknowledgement-requirements/
In addition, those who access funding from this source should acknowledge the support of
- Calderdale Council
- The Community Foundation for Calderdale
In publicity relating to the funded item(s). Funders’ logos are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Suppliers Information
CFFC and CMBC are unable to recommend specific suppliers for the purchase of equipment etc. under this fund, however we can provide guidance to help you. You can contact us for guidance. Costs for feasibility and expert consultants are eligible costs for grant support under this programme.
- Schools (and Academies)
Although Council maintained schools, Friends Of School/PTA groups and Academies are potentially eligible for this fund, we would remind Schools that any works done to Council owned building require owners’ permission.
- Eligible Technology A wide range of technologies can be supported by this Fund as indicated by the list below.
|Project Type||Work type|
|Boilers||Boilers – burner replacement|
|Boilers – control system|
|Boilers – replacement condensing|
|Boilers – replacement combination|
|Boilers – replacement modular|
|Boilers – burner management|
|Boilers – retrofit economiser|
|Building management systems||BEMS – bureau remotely managed|
|BEMS – not remotely managed|
|BEMS – remotely managed|
|Combined heat & power||Gas, Diesel, gasoil engine CHP|
|Compressor||Compressed Air: air compressor upgrade|
|Computers & IT solutions||Network PC power management|
|CRT to flat screen LCD|
|Uninterruptible Power Supplies|
|Free Cooling for ICT|
|Evaporative cooling for ICT|
|Energy Efficient File Storage Replacement|
|LED monitors instead of LCD (cost difference)|
|CRT to LED monitors|
|Hot aisle/cold aisle containment|
|Multi Functional Devices|
|Energy Efficient Server Replacement|
|Cooling||Cooling – control system|
|Cooling – plant replacement/upgrade|
|Energy Efficient Chillers|
|Replacement of air conditioning with evaporative cooling|
|Hand Dryers||Hand Dryers – replacement to more efficient type|
|Heating||Connect to existing district heating via plate HE|
|Direct electric heating to heat pump (air source)|
|Direct electric heating to heat pump (ground source)|
|Electric to Gas – heating using CHP|
|Electric to Gas – heating using condensing boilers|
|Electric to Gas – tumble driers|
|Heating – direct fired system|
|Heating – discrete controls|
|Heating – distribution pipework improvements|
|Oil to Gas – boiler fuel switching|
|Replace steam calorifier with plate heat exchanger|
|Heating – TRVs|
|Heating – zone control valves|
|Steam trap replacements|
|Hot water||Flow restrictors|
|Hot Water – distribution improvements|
|Hot Water – efficient taps|
|Hot Water – point of use heaters|
|Hot Water – chlorine dioxide dosing and biocide treatment|
|Insulation – building fabric||Cavity wall insulation|
|Double glazing with metal or plastic frames|
|Dry wall lining|
|Retrofit single glazing units|
|Insulation – draught proofing||Insulation – draught proofing|
|Insulation – pipework||Heating pipework insulation (internal)|
|Heating pipework insulation (external)|
|Insulation – other||Radiator reflective foil (external walls)|
|Automatic speed doors|
|Draught Lobby (internal)|
|Draught Lobby (external)|
|Air Curtains – heated|
|Air Curtains – ambient|
|Lighting controls||Lighting – discrete controls|
|Lighting control system centralised|
|Lighting upgrades||Electronic ballast with dimming control|
|Replace halogen with HID metal halide|
|HP Sodium including new fitting|
|Compact Fluorescent including changing the fitting|
|Compact Fluorescent using same fitting|
|Induction Fluorescent including changing the fitting|
|T5 lighting including changing the fitting|
|T5 lighting retrofit using adaptors|
|T8 lighting including changing the fitting|
|T8 lighting retrofit using adaptors|
|T12/T8 to CCFL including new fitting|
|T12/T8 to CCFL using same fitting|
|LED lighting||Halogen to LED including changing the fitting|
|Halogen to LED using same fitting|
|Flood lighting to LED including changing the fitting|
|Compact Fluorescent to LED including new fitting|
|Compact Fluorescent to LED using same fitting|
|Incandescent to LED including new fitting|
|Incandescent to LED using same fitting|
|T12/T8 to LED including new fitting|
|T12/T8 to LED using same fitting|
|Office equipment||Office equipment improvements for non-ICT|
|Renewable energy||Biomass boilers|
|Ground Source Heat Pumps|
|Water Source Heat Pumps|
|Air Source Heat Pumps|
|Time switches||Time switches|
|Transformers||Low loss (cost difference)|
|Low loss + voltage management (cost difference)|
|Low loss + voltage management|
|Transformer tapping change|
|Ventilation||Ventilation – distribution|
|Fans – air handling unit|
|Fans – high efficiency|
|Phase change material|
|Ventilation – presence controls|
- Renewable Energy
We would always recommend that people use a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) registered installer. You can find MCS registered installers online here: http://www.microgenerationcertification.org/consumers/installer-search
- Heating & Electrical System Work
We would always recommend that people use a Gas Safe registered supplier (https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/) or a registered electrician (https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/find-an-electrician/) for any work on heating or electrical systems.
For further information, please contact
Rob Billson by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Saxby by emailing Sam.Saxby@calderdale.gov.uk