Funding for community groups

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Community groups in Ladock have the chance to secure funding for projects thanks to the success of their pioneering local energy co-operative.

Children enjoying the play equipment at Grampound Road playing field, which was part funded through local energy co-operative Low Carbon Ladock

Low Carbon Ladock, which was one of the first local community energy co-operatives in the UK to set up, is calling for applications from members and local organisations for the second round of community funding this year.

Low Carbon Ladock director, Jenny Kwee, said: “Our rules specify that we spend our income on items that have local economic, social or environmental benefit. Ideally it will support all three.

“Our recent survey results indicate that people in the area want to prioritise alleviation of fuel poverty, making homes, businesses and community building more energy efficient and installing micro-renewables on homes and businesses to generate green energy and income for the community.

“Already this year we funded two sets of solar photo-voltaic panels on local homes, supported the refurbishment of Grampound Road playing field and pledged investment for the planned traffic calming scheme in Ladock.”

The Low Carbon Ladock co-operative is pioneering an approach to tackling the challenges of rising energy bills and climate change that is now being adopted by communities across Cornwall.

Membership of the co-operative is open to anyone living or working in the parish, and costs just £2.

Closing dates for bids by Christmas and can be submitted in writing to Chris Jones at Woodland Valley Farm, Ladock, TR2 4PT or by email to Jones-farm@btconnect.com.

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