Charnwood organisations urged to apply for £40,000 worth of funding

Published on Fri 5 July, 2019

LOUGHBOROUGH - Friday 5 July 2019 – Over £40,000 worth of funding is still available for local groups and organisations in the Charnwood area to apply for via the Intelligent Energy Charitable Trust. Intelligent Energy, a Loughborough based fuel cell engineering company, launched the Charitable Trust in January and subsequently has donated over £56,000 to local community groups and organisations since the beginning of the year.

The Trust’s committee is due to meet for the final time this year in September to allocate the remaining funds in the pot and applications for 2019 award allocations will close on Friday 23rd August.

The Trust has a total of £100,000 per annum and was established to support local causes in need of financial assistance which, support and aid, amongst others; community groups, young people, sport and lifelong learning.

David Woolhouse, CEO at Intelligent Energy, commented: “We were overwhelmed with the response we had earlier in the year in terms of numbers of applications during the first round of donations. It is a real honour to be able to support some very worthwhile local groups in the Charnwood area.”

To date, 12 applications were successfully awarded with amounts of funding ranging from £1,300 to £15,520.

Some of the charities and organisations that benefitted from the first round of donations include Coping with Cancer, Rainbows Hospice, the 1st Loughborough Scout Group, Abel Camps, TwentyTwenty, Peter Le Marchant Trust, Glebe House, BACA Charity, Birstall Methodist Lunch Club and the Syston & District Volunteer Club.

Anthony Scarfe from BACA commented: “Earlier this year The Intelligent Energy Charitable Trust provided funding which contributes towards the cost of delivering our in-house English and Maths classes. In addition to these classes, local volunteers also provide additional reading support. When they are ready the young people move on to college. Last year out of the 15 who went to college 14 passed their exams (93%) with 12 passing at least two subjects, which is fantastic given that many of them arrived at BACA with little or no English.

“It was simple to use the online form to apply to the Trust. There was the opportunity to explain who Baca were and how the grant would help, but the process was straight forward. The Trust have some helpful guidelines which enabled us to establish that we would be eligible to apply.”

Matthew Winn from Rainbows Hospice said: “The application process was straight forward and easy to navigate. Having an online portal which allows you to upload your own documents, enabled us to be more creative and transparent with what we wanted funding for. It gave us the flexibility of showing the Trust in further detail, the specific breakdowns of the project as well as images of the children young people, families and staff members they’ll be supporting. We were able to speak to the Trust throughout the process and had amazing communication with key personnel. We can’t speak highly enough of the way the trust has been able to support us and would recommend any charitable organisation to apply.”

 The Loughborough based Trust is governed by a committee comprising of three Intelligent Energy employees and three external representatives; Jon Walker, Director of Enterprise Development at Loughborough University, Councillor Eric Vardy, Lead Member for Planning, Inward Investment and Tourism Strategy at Charnwood Borough Council and Leon Spence, Press Officer and Caseworker to the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, Member of Parliament for Loughborough.

To apply for funds or to read more about the criteria for applications please visit


About Intelligent Energy

About Intelligent Energy: Intelligent Energy is a world-leading fuel cell engineering company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialisation of its Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products, for customers in the automotive, stationary power and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sectors. Fuel cells are used in multiple applications, where clean, lightweight, high efficiency and cost-effective power is required.  The company is headquartered and manufactures in Loughborough in the UK, with additional offices and representation in the US, Japan, India and China.