The Naturesave Trust

 The Naturesave Trust Green Insurance

The Naturesave Trust was set up in 1995 to fund specific environmental and conservation projects throughout the UK.

It obtains 100% of its funds from the premiums generated by Naturesave Insurance, which uses the insurance industry as a vehicle for sustainable development.

The primary function of the Trust is to encourage the greater adoption of sustainable development, especially within the Small and Medium Sized business community (SMEs).

The Naturesave Trust also funds Environmental Performance Reviews for Naturesave Policies Commercial Combined clients, helping businesses and organisations to become greener.

For more information about how to apply for funding, see About the Naturesave Trust.

To apply for funding from the Naturesave, apply using our online application form or download the Naturesave Trust Application Form, complete and return, together with any further information that you think might be useful, to Bee West, Trust Administrator at:

The Naturesave Trust South Devon House, Babbage Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JA

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Community Renewable Energy Grants

The Naturesave Trust now provides start up ‘seed corn’ grants for community renewable energy projects, whatever type of renewable power generation you, as a community, are considering.

The costs involved can be onerous and The Naturesave Trust recognises that many lenders and investors may be reluctant to put money into a project at an early stage as it may or may not get past the planning stage.

We may be able to assist, as we are keen to help communities, in particular, that do not have the initial start up capital to undertake all the preliminary work to get you to the planning stage and most importantly for the community to retain as much control as possible over the operating income once the project has been successful.

If you wish to apply for funding for a Community Renewable Energy Project, please complete our online application form or download the Naturesave Trust Community Renewable Energy Project Application Form and return to the Naturesave Trust with additional information, quotations, surveys etc that will support your application.

Projects funded so far include:

  • Occombe Farm Wind Turbine Project: Funded the professional survey and assessment for the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust wind turbine at Occombe Farm.
  • Pilling St John’s Primary School – wind turbine project: assistance with the funding of the installation of a wind turbine at the school, providing energy and income to the school.
  • National Star College – Biomass Installation: the installation of a centrally located Biomass boiler system distributing heat and hot water to a college for severely disabled young people.
  • Centre for Alternative Technology – Solar Study Centre: a project to develop a study centre which utilizes solar technologies, providing a working display of these technologies to the visiting public and an educational tool for residential groups.
  • Centre for Alternative Technology – The Heatmain Project: to demonstrate and research use of thermal heatmain technology to heat community and commercial buildings using renewable technologies.
  • Scotstream Turbine: development of a renewable energy system generating electricity from subsea tidal stream currents.
  • Sundance Renewables From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank: a community-based Biodiesel Processing Plant producing biodiesel from used vegetable oil in south Wales.
  • The National Energy Foundation: a non-profit organisation which provides information on renewable energy use in the home.
  • Manchester Biodiesel Co-operative – Green Gold Biodiesel: A co-operative in Manchester running a petrol station selling competitively priced, ethically sourced and produced biodiesel to consumers.
  • Unity Wind: A community wind project in Norfolk.  The Trust has funded an ecological survey to help towards the planning process.
  • Kingusssie Community Development Company: the Trust has helped to fund a micro-hydro project in the Highlands of Scotland.
  • North Petherwin Church Microwind Turbine: the Trust provided a grant towards the infrastructure and connection to the grid.
  • Bath Community Energy Ltd: the Trust invested in shares in this Hydro project at Bathampton Weir.
  • The Wharf House – Solar PV Project: the Trust helped to fund the installation of a PV array at The Wharf House visitors centre on the Hereford & Gloucestershire Canal.
  • Corsham Community Energy Solar PV Development: The Trust has pledged funding towards the initial costs for this large community Solar PV project.
  • North Tawton Community Primary School – Solar PV Array
  • Hope Daycare Ltd – the Trust provided funding towards the installation of a Ground Source Heat Pump at the Bromyard  Multi use centre in Herefordshire.
  • Holt Community Centre – Green Energy Project: The Trust assisted with the funding for a PV array on the local community centre at Holt.
  • Old Heathcote School Community Centre – Solar Energy Project: The Trust has provided funding towards the installation of a Solar PV array.
  • Doynton Village Hall – The Trust provided funding towards the installation of a Solar PV array as part of the ongoing improvements and energy efficiency measures.
  • Ham Hydro CIC: The Trust has offered funding towards a community hydro energy project.
  • Brighton Energy Co-op: The Trust has offered funding towards a project aiming to install solar PV on several sites around Brighton.
  • Illston Village Hall: The Trust has offered funding towards the installation of Solar panels on the roof as part of their energy project.
  • Whittlesford Memorial Hall: The trust has offered funding towards the installation of solar panels in the community village hall.
  • Green Fox Community Energy: John Cleveland College Community Woodheat Co-operative hope to be the first community co-op to deliver sustainable heat to a school
  • Cholsey Parish Council:The new village hall was being constructed with an air source heat pump, rainwater harvesting and Photo voltaic panels have been included to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly building
  • Strathaird Community Association: The trust has pledged funding towards planning costs for this community hydro scheme.
  • Neen Sollars Community Hydro Project: The trust has provided funding towards start-up costs for this community hydro scheme.
  • New Art Exchange: The trust pledged funding towards installing a solar PV system on the roof of the flagship community facility in Hyson Green.
  • CORE50 Ackers Wind Project: The trust has offered funding towards a bat survey prior to planning application for a community wind turbine.
  • West Solent Solar Co-op: The trust has offered funding towards consultancy support and a landscapng scheme for a planning application for a 12 acre solar farm.
  • Egni: The trust has offered funding to support Egni develop solar energy systems on community owned buildings in Wales.
  • Fitzmaurice Primary School: The trust has provided funding towards the schools solar project to install solar panels on the roof.

For further information please contact Bee West on 01803 864390 or email us on quoting the reference ‘Community Renewable Energy Grants‘ and one of us will call you back to discuss your needs

Insurance for Community Renewable Energy systems

If you have installed or are installing a Community Renewable Energy system, Naturesave Insurance has a Small Scale Renewable Energy Insurance Scheme which offers affordable insurance for solar PV, wind or hydro projects up to 750 kw.   If your system is larger than 750 kw, please see the Renewable Energy Insurance page for information about the cover Naturesave Insurance can provide.

If you need any guidance on the application process, please do not hesitate to call us directly on 01803 864390 or Contact Naturesave for help and a quotation.

For more information about the projects that the Naturesave Trust has funded to date, see the Projects Funded by Naturesave Trust page.

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