Young people enjoying a Bacca activity, sitting enjoying the view across ruggedhilltops

Young people enjoy the view during a Bacca activity

Intelligent Energy Charitable Trust – applications open

The Intelligent Energy Charitable Trust once again invites local charitable and voluntary organisations to apply to its annual fund.

The Trust was launched in 2019 by leading fuel cell specialist and manufacturer Intelligent Energy. Having originated from Loughborough University research, its global headquarters and prototype manufacturing base is part of the vibrant hydrogen cluster on LUSEP.

This is the fifth round of £100,000 grant funding available to good causes across Charnwood and supports community groups, young people, sports initiatives, and lifelong learning. LSU Action and good causes initiated by or involving University staff, alumni and LUSEP campus partners are previous beneficiaries.

The Baca Charity received funding from the Trust in 2021. The charity works with child refugees, providing safe accommodation and holistic care to young people who have fled their homes – many of whom are victims of human trafficking.

The Trust’s support allowed the Charity to employ a Leaving Care Support Worker and an Education Coordinator. Both roles are crucial to the development and wellbeing of the young people with whom Bacca works.

Organisations interested in applying to the Trust are not required to have registered charitable status. However, donations must meet Charity Commission criteria and principally benefit people in Charnwood.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 March 2024. Full details about eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Intelligent Energy Charitable Trust’s webpages.