The Co-operative is offering towns and villages in the South West UK grants to help them get going. The grants of £100 – £150 are to cover anything from organising a community meeting to developing an energy action plan.
Almost half of the official Transition Towns in the UK are in the South West and The Co-operative wants to encourage even more communities to follow their lead.
The Co-Op has twenty grants of £100 for communities working towards Transition Town criteria or to set up an Energy Club and twenty £150 grants for communities addressing the 12 steps or as a project as part of their ‘Local Energy Descent Action Plan’ which has a co-operative solution.
The Co-operative have a range of resources that can be used in Transition Communities such as: Community Food discount cards, Walking bus resources, Community Fund awards, Share your Profits initiative.
Co-operative and membership officer officer Pete Vallance said: “From Totnes to Taunton and Falmouth to Frome, towns and villages are waking up to climate change and deciding it’s never too early to take action for the future. Peak oil is not about running out of oil, but it is about the end of cheap, plentiful oil and how our lives will be affected by this transition.
“The Co-operative is committed to tackling climate change and since the South West is leading the way on the development of Transition Towns it makes complete sense for us to support the movement in any way we can.”