Rural community projects throughout England, Scotland and Wales could be eligible to receive grants of up to £5,000 from home energy provider Calor.

The Calor Rural Community Fund – now in its third year – aims to reward deserving community projects with prize pots ranging from £1,000 to £5,000.

This year’s scheme is bigger and better than ever before, with Calor giving away 21 grants totalling a staggering £70,000. The amount of £5,000 donations has also been doubled from last year – with a total of 10 up for grabs.

Rural communities off the mains gas grid can submit their projects for funding, with previous winners including playground and village hall refurbishments, instruments for music banks and equipment for sports clubs.

Now, Calor is encouraging anyone who thinks their project may be eligible to come forward and submit an application for consideration to this year’s Fund.

The projects that receive the most votes by the public will be shortlisted and then reviewed by a panel of judges, including Plunkett Foundation, who will select the final 21 winners.

Paul Blacklock, Head of Corporate Affairs for Calor, adds: “As a company with off-grid communities at the heart of everything we do, it’s extremely important that we champion rural projects and the people and places behind them. Over the past two years, we’ve seen the Calor Rural Community Fund have an amazing impact on local communities throughout the UK, and we want this to grow year on year.”

This year’s Calor Rural Community Fund is open for applications until 29th April 2019. To find out how you can take part, please visit www.calor.co.uk/communityfund.