Calor Rural Community Fund Statement

The Calor Rural Community Fund is an annual scheme that is open to rural communities and organisations to apply for funding for rural projects. Over the last three years we have provided £145,000 to over 50 projects that range from school playgrounds and village halls to scout facilities and educational projects.  This year we received over 300 entries.  The entries were voted on by the public, with those receiving most votes going forward to a panel to decide how the funding is allocated.  

One of the projects that received funding was for the redevelopment of a wildlife sanctuary to act as an educational hub for the area, which is operated by the League Against Cruel Sports (“the League”), an animal welfare charity.  The application was submitted in good faith by the League, but on further review by Calor it has become evident that it was non-compliant with clause 4.2 of the Calor Rural Community Fund scheme rules, which sets out the criteria and eligibility for an award.  As such, Calor has inadvertently committed an oversight by failing to ensure on this occasion that the application met all of the applicable criteria for an award prior to putting forward the application to the public voting round.

We have realised our mistake that the application was not compliant with the scheme rules and the award should not have been made, therefore we are in discussion with the League regarding the award funds.  In the meantime, we will be awarding funding to another applicant to the Rural Community Fund that is compliant with the scheme.

We would like to emphasise that the Calor Rural Community Fund has always been non-political in its nature and Calor regrets any offence that this oversight has caused.  The rural communities that we serve are at the heart of our business and we would not intentionally act in a manner that would jeopardise these relationships. Our intent is to safely provide the energy needs for the homes and businesses in rural communities and not take a position on any of the complex issues affecting these areas.  We will continue to develop the Calor Rural Community Fund and a thorough review of the due diligence process will be completed ahead of any further activity.