Rest and be Thankful Inn at Wheddon Cross. Photograph © Steve Guscott

Rest and be Thankful Inn at Wheddon Cross. Photograph © Steve Guscott

Solar panels on Dunster Football Club pavilion. Photograph © Steve Guscott

Solar panels on Dunster Football Club pavilion. Photograph © Steve Guscott

Porlock Bay with Hurlestone Point beyond

Porlock Bay with Hurlestone Point beyond

Exmoor ponies on North Hill. Photograph © Steve Guscott

Exmoor ponies on North Hill. Photograph © Steve Guscott

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Carbon Neutral Exmoor Fund

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The Exmoor Trust is able to offer up to £26,000 to communities in Exmoor National Park through its Carbon Neutral Exmoor Fund. The funding is available to cover the up-front cost of small scale renewable energy projects identified as being beneficial to the local community. Examples might include solar PV or hot water panels or wood fuelled heating for the village hall, school, church, or even a vital local business such as the pub or shop. It might also cover part of the costs of a small community hydropower scheme.  The Feed-in Tariffs generated by some of the installations are paid back to the Fund against the advance of the grant, and this helps to maintain the source of funding for further similar projects.



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Applications are sought for the Spring 2016 round of bidding for community renewable energy project funding up to £25,000. 

If your project requires less, do not hesitate to apply as we can fund one large or a number of smaller projects.  Closing date: 31st March 2016

Full details for applicants are available in the Handbook which can be downloaded here
(Click here for Word Version of the Handbook which can be used for electronic applications)

Enquiries can be addressed to


Carbon Neutral Exmoor Fund: solar panels on Dunster Football Club pavilion            Carbon Neutral Exmoor Fund: solar panels on Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross       

Solar Panels on Dunster Football Club pavilion                 Solar panels on the back of the Moorland Hall

(the beginning of a bigger story, read more here )

The Carbon Neutral Exmoor Fund was launched to continue Exmoor's participate in the Low Carbon Communities Challenge, initiated by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.  Grants have been awarded so far for 10 installations in the villages of Dunster, Parracombe Porlock, Roadwater,  Wheddon Cross and Wootton Courtenay. Further details of these projects are available on the appropriate page of the Exmoor National Park Website, along with case studies.  A more general look at Sustainability on Exmoor can be found on the Sustainable Exmoor page

Carbon Neutral Exmoor Fund: solar panels on Porlock Visitors Centre           

Solar panels on Porlock Visitors Centre                              Solar panels on Wootton Courtenay village hall 

                                                                                                        and supporters


Further grants have been awarded to the Dunster Memorial Hall (May 2013) and Timberscombe School (February 2014).



Grants available for community renewable energy projects


Working in partnership the Exmoor Trust and Exmoor National Park are

pleased to announce a new round of funding from the Carbon Neutral
Exmoor project to support community based renewable energy projects.
Funding is available to cover the costs of installing renewable energy
(including both power and heat) within community buildings across Exmoor
National Park. The funding is offered as a grant repayable via the
governments Clean Energy Cashback for a period of 10 years or until the
grant is repaid (whichever is the shortest). This is at minimal risk to
the community as cashback payments (through the Feed in Tariff for power
and the Renewable Heat Incentive for heat) are guaranteed for a 20 year
period once a project is accepted and the grant is only repaid via these
Archie McIntyre, Fund Manager and Vice Chairman of the Exmoor Trust
commented: "_We're delighted to be able to play an active role in
supporting communities that wish to take advantage of cleaner and
cheaper energy. Our hope is that any community organisation that is
interested in sourcing alternative power or heat requirements will be
able to do so without having to find the significant capital funds often
required for such schemes._"
On behalf of Exmoor National Park Dan James, Sustainable Economy
Manager, said: _"To date the fund has been able to support over 20
community projects through the Carbon Neutral Exmoor project,
incorporating a range of technology from solar pv to woodchip heating
systems. Not only is this work helping to reduce carbon emissions within
the National Park it is also helping to provide modern facilities within
community buildings and helping them to reduce their monthly expenditure
on fuel bills."_
Community buildings that have benefitted in the past have include sport
clubs, village halls, community owned shops, schools and even a pub. At
this stage any organisation that may be interested in taking forwards a
project is encouraged to submit brief details to the Exmoor Trust as an
expression of Interest by the end of March 2016. This will help to
assess demand for the scheme now and into the future and the Trust will
advise you as to whether a project might be eligible for a full
For further details please visit [1].



Exmoor Wood Heat project

The Exmoor Trust has supported a project to assist homeowners to install wood burners to make the use of local wood fuel supplies (either their own or locally produced). More information is available in the first Exmoor Wood Heat Newsletter and on the Exmoor National Park website