Fife Charity awarded £90k by Centrica’s Energy for Tomorrow fund
Fife based social enterprise BRAG Enterprises were thrilled to be awarded £90,000 over 3 years by Centrica’s Energy for Tomorrow fund. BRAG receives the only Fife award and is one of only four Scottish awards made. Other recipients include; Eigg Trading Limited who will receive £100k over two years to help redevelop the Isle of Eigg’s gateway community hub, Community Energy Scotland will receive £87.1k over two years to help find the best eco-solutions for rural households in Orkney and Energy Sparks will receive £100k over two years to develop its energy analysis tool for schools across Scotland. The total Scottish awards total £377k and were announced at the Energy of tomorrow round table event hosted by Centrica in Glasgow as part of COP26 on November 10th.
Brian Robertson-Fern, Managing Director for BRAG Enterprises, said: “BRAG are delighted that we have been accepted as a recipient of the Energy for Tomorrow programme grant and are excited about the difference it will make for the people we support and us. Our aim is to make our three community sites more energy-efficient community spaces, acting as examples to the wider community on what can be achieved and very much practising what we preach in our own move to becoming a carbon-neutral organisation. We are also looking to use our engagement with our existing harder-to-reach groups to introduce them to be more energy-efficient, helping them better utilise what little monies they may have. This will include us being able to provide practical advice and the ongoing support from our existing diverted food waste project called the Pantry@BRAG. The programme will help us all deliver on our pledges to leave a sustainable planet for our families and their children.”
Centrica’s Energy for Tomorrow champions innovation, providing funding and support to communities and entrepreneurs with initiatives that can deliver affordable, accessible and sustainable energy solutions for all. Awarding grants of up to £100,000 to empower communities and start-ups who are creating initiatives that can accelerate the energy transition and deliver social impact.
Chris O’Shea, Group Chief Executive at Centrica, said: “Tackling climate change is a job that requires us all working together, doing our bit to bring solutions both big and small to the table. The Energy for Tomorrow funding that has been awarded to four projects in Scotland will help organisations that are working at the heart of communities to scale up their ideas and initiatives to make a real difference in peoples lives so that we can continue to push for a sustainable future for all.”
BRAG will use the funding across their three sites in Crosshill, Lower Methil and Leven to further reduce their carbon footprint. The organisation will also provide energy efficiency advice to members of The Pantry@brag and local families and individuals who are most at risk of fuel poverty.