We're proud to support projects in your
local rural community.

It’s all about your community and your project. For the past two years, our Rural Community Fund winners have created remarkable projects that have improved the lives of their local community.

A community with no limits.

Whatever your community requires (from bus shelters to showers, from armchairs to adventure playgrounds) we're here to help you make an impact.

This year, project applicants also have the option to raise additional funds through Crowdfunder – with an element of match funding too! And it's not too late to take advantage of this funding opportunity.

The winners have been chosen and the competition is now closed. Register your details to be the first to hear about next year’s funding opportunities.

What type of funding is available?

This year we have increased our total grant pot to £70,000!

We have three levels of funding available, depending on the size of your project.

There are 21 prizes: 10 x £5,000 grants, 6 x £2,500 grants and 5 x £1,000 grants available to rural projects off the mains gas grid.

The funding you apply for must equate to 50% or more of your total project cost.

Why not also take advantage of being able to raise additional funds through Crowdfunder and further benefit from the match funding on offer?

Your Rural Community Fund, step by step.

Think what you could do for your community if money wasn’t an option. Let us guess… Quite a lot comes to mind? We've had hundreds of inspiring projects apply for our Rural Community Fund this year. The winners have been chosen and the competition is now closed. Register your details to be the first to hear about next year’s funding opportunities.
If you'd like to know how the application process works, here's the six simple steps our applicants have followed...

1. Check your eligibility

Is your community project sitting off the mains gas grid and is in need of financial support? You can apply for funding from Calor to help get your project off the ground, or to give your project the boost it deserves.

But before applying, you must first check your project is eligible for funding.

2. Submit your Community fund project application (it's a breeze)

You’ve passed the eligibility criteria – just what we wanted to hear!

Now it’s time to start our online application form and indicate the level of funding you’re applying for - £1,000, £2,500 or £5,000.

You can save and return to your project application at any point in the application stage (in case you want to pop off for a brew). Just remember to submit your project before 29th April 2019.

3. Set up your Crowdfunding project

You decide that you’d like to raise even more funds, so you set up an account with Crowdfunder. Once you’ve started your Community fund application form, if you have chosen to also use Crowdfunder, you can then set up your crowdfunding project.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll then need to link your crowdfunding project to your Calor Rural Community Fund application. We'll email you some easy-peasy instructions on how to do this once you’ve set up your crowdfunding project.

Both your Calor Rural Community Fund project and Crowdfunder project will go live on 2nd May 2019.

4. Share your project

Once your project has been approved, you’ll receive a notification from us by email and it’ll appear on our projects page ready for public voting.

Voting starts on 2nd May 2019 until 17th June 2019. So don't forget to rally up your project supporters and get them to cast their vote. Our advice... Shout it from the rooftops!

If you’ve also chosen to Crowdfund, you can also raise additional funds from 2nd May 2019.

5. Find out if you’re a finalist

If your project reaches the highest number of votes in your funding category (fingers crossed) you’ll go through to the finals. We then round up a panel of impartial judges who score all of the applications.

6. And the winners are...

Once the winners are announced, the funds are released and then it's time to spend, spend, spend!

The ins and outs of voting

All supporters registered to the Calor Rural Community Fund during the public voting stage (2nd June - 17th June) were given 10 votes to support their favourite projects.

The voting stage was very important, as this was how our project finalists were selected. Those with the most public votes in each funding category made it through to the finalist stage, where they’ll then be scored by a panel of impartial judges to select the winners.

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:

  • 40 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 will last and how long it will 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 Rural Community Fund, or does it also require funding from alternative sources?
    • Does this project have clear volunteer support?
    • How likely is the project to achieve its goals?
  • 15 Submission


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

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


    Judges will consider how original the project is:

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