What is the
Calor Rural Community Fund?

Here at Calor we wanted to give something back, by offering rural off grid communities the chance to win funding for projects that will improve local life.

Supporting rural projects throughout the UK

Projects we support are anything from community centres, village halls and sporting venues to youth clubs and scout groups, or even initiatives to support the elderly.

So how does it work?

Rural communities with projects off the mains gas grid have submitted projects for funding. Projects that were accepted were published on this website for people to vote on and the 10 projects that received the most votes in each fund category will become finalists. The finalist projects will then be reviewed by our judging panel, who will select the winning projects to be awarded funding.

What type of funding is available

There are 3 levels of funding available, depending on the size of the project. There are 2 x £5,000 funds, 2 x £2,500 funds and 5 x £1,000 funds.

Please note: funding applied for had to equate to 50% or more of total project cost.

How were projects voted for?

Registered users were given 10 votes and chose which projects they wanted to give their votes to. They could use all of their votes to support one project or share votes amongst multiple projects.

How do we select projects?

A panel of impartial judges will judge projects that make it through to the finals. They will judge the entries on the following criteria:

  • 40 Impact

    Impact

    Judges will consider the potential impact of the project on the local community:

    • How urgent is the need in the community?
    • How many people will be impacted by this project?
    • Is the idea appealing to a broad cross-section of the community?
  • 35 Sustainability

    Project sustainability

    Judges will look at how long the project lasts and benefits the community for, and how sustainable it is once launched:

    • How long will the project’s impact last in the community?
    • Does the project only need funding from the Calor Community Fund, or does it also require funding from alternative sources?
    • Does this project have clear volunteer support?
  • 10 Likelihood of success

    Likelihood of success

    Judges will look at how likely the project is to succeed:

    • How quickly can the project become a success?
    • How likely is the project to achieve its goals?
  • 5 Submission

    Submission

    Judges will review the entry itself and how well it explains the project:

    • How much effort went into preparing the entry and supporting information?
    • How well considered and clearly explained is the entry?
  • 10 Originality

    Originality

    Judges will consider how original the project is:

    • How original is the project compared to the other projects submitted for funding?