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. We have already supported a range of off-grid community projects around the UK and we look forward to supporting more this year.2017 winners Stories
So how does it work?
Rural communities with projects off the mains gas grid are eligible to apply for funding. Projects that have successful applications will be published on our website for people to vote on and projects that receive the most votes in their funding category will become finalists. Finalists will be reviewed by our panel of impartial judges who will score each project and select the winners.
What type of funding is available?
We have three levels of funding available, depending on the size of your project. There are 5 x £5,000 grants, 6 x £2,500 grants and 10 x £1,000 grants available to off-grid community projects. Funding applied for must equate to 50% or more of your total project cost.
About the application process?
We will ask you a series of eligibility questions before you complete the online application form. Please see our eligibility terms and conditions for more information. Projects that do not pass our eligibility checker will not be able to apply for funding.
How to vote for projects?
Voting for projects will open from 4th May to 11th June 2018. In order to vote for projects you need to register your details and then simply choose which projects you would like to give your votes to. You’ll receive 10 votes which you can use to support one project or spread them across various projects.
How are the winners chosen?
After the public voting stage, the projects with the highest number of votes in each funding category will go through to the finals, where a panel of impartial judges will score their submissions against the following criteria:
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?
Judges will look at how long the project will last and how long it will benefit the benefit the community for. They will also consider how sustainable the project will be once it is 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?
Judges will review 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?
Judges will consider how original the project is:
- How original is the project compared to the other projects submitted for funding?
1. About the Calor Community Fund
Here at Calor, we would like to give a little something back, by offering rural off-grid communities the chance to gain funding through the Calor Rural Community Fund (the “Fund”), for projects that will improve life within the local community. Projects with a value of up to £10,000 will be eligible to apply for a funding grant between £1,000 and £5,000 to support their chosen project. Projects supported by the Fund may include for example adult learning classes, new furniture for the village hall, or providing new equipment for youth clubs and other similar groups. Applications for funding are divided into three categories: £1,000, £2,500 and £5,000 and winners from each category are carefully selected following a three stage process: (1) organisations must first submit a proposal application and which will be screened by Calor to check that it has met the eligibility criteria, (2) the general public will vote for the application that they would like to see win a grant. Applications with the highest number of votes from each grant category at the end of the voting period will be deemed as finalists, and (3) the winners from each grant category will selected by an independent panel of judges with the highest score based on a number of criteria.
2. The Promoter
The promoter of the Fund is Calor Gas Limited (the “Promoter”), registered in England and Wales under company number 303703, with its registered office at Athena House, Athena Drive, Tachbrook Park, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6RL.
3. Applications for a grant
Applications to receive a grant for a project will start on 20 March 2018. The closing date for entries will be 30 April 2018. Entrants must register their details via the Promoter’s website at www.calor.co.uk/communityfund (the “Website”).
4. Criteria and eligibility
Funds are available for projects benefitting communities in rural England, Scotland and Wales in an off-grid location. For the purposes of this clause, ‘off-grid location’ shall mean any location that is not connected to a mains or natural gas grid and uses an alternative energy source including, but not limited to, liquefied petroleum gas, oil, electric, bio-mass or solid fuel. Individuals over the age of 18 years are invited to make an application on behalf of an organisation which:
- has been in existence for a minimum of 6 months; is a not-for-profit organisation;
- exists for the benefit of the wider community and not the individual;
- operates on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law, as determined by the sole discretion of the Promoter);
- is non-political; can supply to the reasonable satisfaction of the Promoter, responses to a questionnaire as set out in clause 7.5 below.
In addition to the requirements in clause 4.2 above, applicants must make their submission for funding in English and the project nominated for funding must:
- be capable of completion within 12 months of the date of the grant if successful;
- be carried out in the UK for the benefit of an off-grid rural community in England, Scotland or Wales;
- not contain offensive, obscene or sexually suggestive material, propaganda, potentially misleading information, or defamatory or disparaging material about other people or companies, or endorse any form of hate, hate group or terrorist activity; and
- have a clear deliverable objective.
All submitted applications shall be subject to approval by the Promoter at its sole discretion and grants for funding will be made as set out in clause 5.
5. Funding grants
There will be three funding grant categories which are £5,000, £2,500 and £1,000. Five projects shall be chosen from the £5,000 category, with six projects from the £2,500 category and 10 projects from the £1,000 category.
Each application must indicate on the application form which level of funding grant that it is seeking. Following submission of the application form, applications cannot be amended.
The sums granted are fixed and the Promoter shall not be liable for any further funding if the project exceeds the amount that has been granted.
There is no alternative grant and each of the grants given are non-transferrable. The winning organisations are responsible for all applicable taxes and any expenditure in excess of the sum granted.
Once entries have been approved by the Promoter in accordance the eligibility criteria, details of the organisation and its application for funding will be published on the Website. Voting will begin on 4 May 2018 and will end on 11 June 2018 (the “Voting Period”). To be eligible to vote, users must first register on the Website and be subject to the Promoter’s user voting rules (“User Rules”) set out on the Website.
Each user who has registered to vote on the Website (the “User”), shall have 10 votes which can be used during the Voting Period. Each User may vote for the same application more than once but no User may register for voting more than once.
The Promoter reserves the right to remove any votes it suspects of being fraudulent.
7. The Finalists
The announcement of the finalists will be listed on the Website on 27 June 2018. Entries which do not appear on the list of finalists, will be deemed unsuccessful and will not progress any further. provided by the Promoter in order to be considered for a grant. The form must be returned to the Promoter no later than 5:00pm on 27 June 2018. If any finalist returns the form after this date, their place shall be forfeited.
For the £1,000 grant category, 20 entries which receive the highest number of votes during the Voting Period, shall be deemed the finalists.
For the £2,500 grant category, 10 entries which have received the highest number of votes at the end of the Voting Period, shall deemed the finalists.
For the £5,000 grant category, 10 entries which have received the highest number of votes at the end of the Voting Period, shall deemed the finalists.
The Promoter will contact each finalist by email and require the finalist to complete a due diligence form, and it is the responsibility of the person who submitted the application to ensure that the form is completed. It is a condition that each entrant must complete in full the due diligence form as provided by the Promoter in order to be considered for a grant. The form must be returned to the Promoter no later than 5:00pm on 22 June 2018. If any finalist returns the form after this date, their place shall be forfeited.
8. The judging process
Judging will begin on 4 July 2018 and each grant shall be judged by a panel of 5 representatives who are independent of the Promoter. The judges will score each application out of 5 based on each of the following criteria set out below:
- The impact of the project and how it will affect the local community;
- The number of people in the community it is anticipated that the project will help;
- The level of detail included in application form; and
- Sustainability of the project.
The scores from each of the criteria above shall be added together to create an overall score for each of the entries. The entries with the highest overall scores shall be made the winner.
Choice of winners is entirely at the discretion of the Promoter and the Promoter’s decision shall be final.
9. Announcement of winners
The winners shall be notified on 11 July 2018 of their grants and will be contacted using the details recorded on the application form.
If, following notification, the Promoter receives no response from the winner within 14 days, the Promoter shall withdraw that particular application and instead grant it to the next highest overall scoring application.
Organisations agree that the Promoter may publicise details of the organisation and its project in relation to the Fund.
Notwithstanding clause 10.1 above, the organisation shall nominate an individual to act on its behalf in relation to publicising the award and details of the project which the grant is being provided, and to provide details of the nominated individual to the Promoter. The organisation warrants and represents that the nominated individual has given consent to the use of their information on the Promoter’s website and any other promotional material in connection with the Fund.
The Promoter does not accept liability for any costs, expenses, losses, damages, liabilities, injury or disappointment (except for the grant specifically provided for by the Fund) including, any loss of profit, business, revenue or any other anticipated savings whether special, indirect, direct or consequential suffered by the organisation in connection with this Fund.
Nothing in these terms and conditions will limit the Promoter’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or for fraud.
The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time without notice if, in the Promoter’s opinion, events or circumstances occur outside of its control. No correspondence will be entered into.
These terms and conditions of this promotion shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and any disputes shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
The grant awarded by the Promoter must not be used for anything other than the purpose stated in the organisation’s application.
The Promoter reserves the right to demand repayment of the sums awarded if it is used for a purpose other than the stated purpose set out in clause 11.5 above.
By registering your information on Calor Gas Limited’s (the “Promoter”) Rural Community Fund website and to participate in the voting process for projects eligible for a grant under the Calor Rural Community Fund terms and conditions, you (the “Registered Voter”) agree to be bound by the following rules:
- Registered Voters must be aged 18 or over and live within the United Kingdom.
- The voting period will begin on 4 May 2018 and it will end on 11 June 2018. Any votes that are received outside of this period will not be counted.
- Each Registered Voter will be given 10 votes which may be used to vote for one or more projects. For example, all votes may be used for one project or they could be split between multiple projects. All votes must be used by the Registered Voter and the Registered Voter cannot not appoint another person to vote on their behalf.
- No individual may register to vote more than once and any attempt by an individual to register for voting to vote more than once using any third party proxy service, multiple email addresses, or any other deceiving mechanism will result in the Promotor discounting the fraudulent votes and/or suspend the Registered Voter with immediate effect.
- The Promoter, contractor, subcontractor, agent or any other third party acting on behalf of the Promoter, shall not be liable for any technical failure or malfunction or otherwise which may result in the Registered User’s votes being lost or not properly registered.
- Personal data provided by the Registered Voter will be used by the Promoter for the purpose of administering the Calor Rural Community Fund only, unless the Registered Voter has opted in to receive marketing information.