Warwick-based energy supplier launches community grants and award for 'rural heroes'

This past year, communities have had to support each other like never before and in recognition of this, Calor has also launched its Rural Hero of the Year Award so that special individuals could be recognised for the great community work they’ve done

Friday, 12th March 2021, 3:59 pm
Updated Friday, 12th March 2021, 4:00 pm
Warwickshire-based energy supplier Calor has launched a search for the best rural community projects, with £85,000 in grants up for grabs.

Warwickshire-based energy supplier Calor has launched a search for the best rural community projects, with £85,000 in grants up for grabs.

On top of this, the firm is also launching the Rural Hero of The Year, which will celebrate those who have gone the extra mile for others during the pandemic.

Designed to provide a helping hand and much-needed funding across the UK to rural community groups who aren’t connected to the mains gas grid, the 2021 Calor Rural Community Fund launched on Wednesday (March 10) and entries are open until April 21.

This past year, communities have had to support each other like never before and in recognition of this, Calor has also launched its Rural Hero of the Year Award so that special individuals could be recognised for the great community work they’ve done.

The award is a separate category within the Rural Community Fund, where people can nominate themselves or someone in their local community who went above and beyond to help others during 2020.

Entries are open until June 23.

The winner of the Rural Hero of the Year award will be presented with a commemorative trophy and special prize from Calor recognising their contribution to community spirit in 2020.

Andy Parker, Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Calor, said: “We’re passionate in engaging with and helping rural communities across the UK .

"Through the Rural Community Fund we are incredibly proud to have been able to support 214 projects with over £460,000 generated through donations and Calor contributions over the last four years.

“This funding is absolutely vital to these projects and it’s been incredible to see these grants bring to life everything from local football teams’ new facilities to outdoor learning

centres for primary schools.

“We understand that this past year has been particularly hard which is why we wanted to recognise those individuals who have put their heart and soul in to helping others.

"It’s one of the many reasons we launched our Rural Hero of the Year category which will celebrate those who have gone above and beyond to help their community throughout the pandemic.

"We’re incredibly excited to see all of the entries for this and the Rural Community Fund, over the coming months.”

The Calor Rural Community Fund gives applicants the chance to win funding of £1,000, £2,500 or £5,000 for anything from vital renovations and upgrades to public facilities, through to new equipment for children’s groups in often remote areas of the country.

Applicants for the fund will be listed on the Calor Rural Community Fund website and then encouraged to share their project through social media to gain points.

Those projects with the highest number of points in each funding category will become shortlisted finalists, and will be reviewed by a Calor Committee before being announced as finalists.

To find out more about the Calor Rural Community Fund and the Rural Hero of The Year award and how to enter go to: https://communityfund.calor.co.uk/