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Community Fund

All profits from our community-owned solar farms are used to support local community projects with an emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability.

The community fund is managed and distributed by YCE, and a board of independent trustees drawn from our members.

The Newton Downs community fund is now inviting applications for grants.

Applications for funding are open to any community organisation operating within the Yealm area for projects which benefit communities in the parishes of Brixton, Holbeton, Newton and Noss, Wembury and Yealmpton.

Applications are invited from:

  • community organisations
  • schools
  • social enterprises
  • charities
  • parish councils or other groups

Applications need to meet the criteria described in the fund rules below and show evidence of broad community support, such as from Neighbourhood Plans.

If you have an idea that needs a grant we would love to hear from you.  You can read the full community fund rules below and download an application form (see further down).

Yealm Community Energy Funding report for 2021. 

To see how much good YCE Community Fund grants deliver, do have a look at the latest awards report and see which projects benefitted in 2021.

Community fund report 2021

Construction of a new outdoor classroom at Newton Ferrers school supported by a recent YCE grant.

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Yealm Community Energy announces 2020 Community Fund round is open!

YCE are encouraging applications for our latest grant funding round. This round is for Environmental Projects only. Closing date for applications is 28th February 2021. 

Please read the Community Fund rules before applying.

Please read what will be expected from any grant recipients on impact reporting here.


Yealm Community Energy offers emergency COVID-19 community fund response to all 5 parishes.

Yealm Community Energy 2020 Community Fund

Exceptionally, The YCE community fund will have over £48,000 for community schemes in 2020.

Because of the COVID-19 emergency, YCE has determined that the funds will be distributed in the following way:

1. £10,000 is being made immediately available for COVID-19 relief projects, with £2,000 allocated to each of the five parishes of Brixton, Holbeton, Newton & Noss, Wembury, and Yealmpton. Applications for these funds are invited now.
2. In the case of further need as the efforts to overcome the virus continue, a further £20,000 will be made available for additional support measures. YCE and the community fund will consult with Parish Councils and other agencies and individuals in making the decision as to when and if these funds are released, and the mechanism for disbursement.
3. A third tranche of £18,000 can also be made available if needed.

At this time there is considerable uncertainty about what the future holds. If required, all of this year’s funds can be used for mitigation of COVID-related issues. If, however, the time comes when it is clear that the funds are not so required, the Community Fund can advertise for grant applications as in previous years.

Second Round of Community Fund grants now awarded

We are delighted to announce the 2019 grants for  projects from community organisations across the Yealm area have now been awarded.  Approximately £20,000 available in total.

See how funds were allocated.

Apply for funding for your community project