LCCN Newsletter – Issue 74

Welcome to the 74th LCCN newsletter! These come to you regularly with updates on what the Network is doing, other developments and, if you tell us, what you’re doing. We’re keen to find contributors who could send us an update (monthly?) on whats happening in their region that may be of interest elsewhere. And please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy

A new DECC community energy fund
This week DECC is launching a new £10million fund to support community action on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The ‘Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF)’ has an aim of “Seeding community energy action”. It aims to help communities to equip themselves to work with the private sector to deliver real projects through mechanisms such as the Green Deal, Feed in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Full details are now available hereThere is however a big issue – the timing. Anyone applying will need to act fast – all the money has to be spent and the work done by the end of March 2012 (4 months from now). Applications will need to submitted online by 12 noon 22nd Dec (phase 1) and by 12 noon 20th Jan (phase 2). (DATES TBC). Members of the Communities and Climate Action Alliance (that includes us) and others are acting as project advisors.

This fund will support communities in working to understand and reduce the amount of energy that is used in homes and community buildings. This work can include energy surveys, practical energy savings measures and demonstration projects, workshops to help people in the area take action and reports on what more needs to be done in the area. If much of this work has been done already, then there is the potential to use this to develop work on renewable energy systems.

£10 Million is available, and DECC are looking very roughly at 200 grants of £50K with a maximum grant of £130K and smaller ones as well. The good news is that we have got agreement from DECC that applicants will be able to include up to £1000 in their bid for support in writing the application.

So if you know a community organisation that might be interested but will not be able to apply well in this timescale you can contact them, help write the bid, and if they are successful be paid for this. You’d also be able to play a part in delivering the work, and of course if you’re in a not for profit organisation (see the full criteria online) then you can apply yourselves.

The LEAF website is up and running at

There is also a telephone line with advisors and an answerphone on 02920 467 015.

This could make for a busy December and an even busier spring! While the timing is not ideal the money and outcomes could be very valuable. Watch this newsletter for more.

LCCN Conference

It’s coming!

14th January 2012

Kings’ Conference Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford

If you’ve not booked yet then you can do so by clicking here.
A full agenda is now being prepared. One key theme will be local partnership working around climate change – how low carbon groups work with councils, business, academics, other communities etc. If you’ve got some innovative ideas that you could feed in at the event please contact Chris Church (

There will also be plenty of display space. If you have exhibition or materials you’d like others to see please send us details at:

For more information click here.

Announcement of new rural renewable energy fund

£15 million in risk funding for community renewable energy projects has just been announced as part of the Chancellor’s autumn statement. This will mean Government support for communities to meet the upfront cost of developing renewable energy projects and thus remove a major barrier to community-driven renewable energy project development.

The brief statement can be found in the Autumn Statement document (paragraph A.117, page 64):

CSE news story here:

“Chaos before Christmas as UK’s fledgling solar firms struggle with tariff cut’s schock deadline”

A good story with this title on Environment Times at:

Global focus: Women and Climate Change

Women and men face different vulnerabilities to climate change and environmental degradation. When floods strike or droughts persist, women are among the first to feel the impacts on their livelihoods and daily lives.  As managers of household resources, they may struggle to secure water, fuel and food. As small-scale farmers—the vast majority in some areas of the world—they have far fewer resources than men to cope with crop failures or pursue methods of farming more adapted to climate shifts. As migrants and refugees pushed from areas of climatic stress, they confront greater risks of disease and violence. During natural disasters, they count higher among the dead.

While often overlooked in debates about managing climate change and environmental resources, women have significant contributions to make. In agriculture and industry, in households and political decision-making, and through science and traditional knowledge, women have ideas and experiences, and are poised to drive positive changes.
UN Women has produced a useful briefing on this topic:

Do you want to be a featured group on the LCCN website?

We have started a new featured groups page on the LCCN website hereSustainable Crediton is the current group featured, check the page out if you want to find out more about them.
If you’d like to be featured on the website, send us some text now. This should be broadly structured like this:

  • Who we are
  • What we’re doing
  • How we involve our community
  • The results we’ve achieved

250 words max, and please include a photo and logo.

Please email your details to –

Building LCCN – your help needed
This newsletter now goes out weekly to more than 600 people and groups, but we’d like to get it to many more. You can help!

If you find the newsletter useful, why not forward it to other people you know, either in your group or within  your network. Let them know it comes out weekly, it’s free and all they have to do to get it is to join the network…by sending an email requesting a membership form to –

Or you can download the membership form by clicking here.

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