What is the
Calor Rural Community Fund?

Here at Calor we wanted like 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 projects that received the most votes became finalists. Finalist projects were then reviewed by our judging panel, who selected the winning projects in each funding category to be awarded funding.

What type of funding was available?

In 2017, there were 3 levels of funding available, depending on the size of the project. These were 2 x £5,000 grants, 2 x £2,500 grants and 5 x £1,000 grants.

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 vote to. They could use all of their votes to support one project or could share votes amongst multiple projects.

How do we select Projects?

A panel of impartial judges judged projects that made it through to the finals. They judged the entries on the following criteria:

  • 40 Impact


    Judges considered 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 looked 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 looked 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


    Judges reviewed the entry itself and how well it explained the project:

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


    Judges considered how original the project is:

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