Electricity supply company Northern Powergrid is offering local groups the chance to secure funding to kick-start their own community energy projects.
The firm is offering grants from £1,000 to £10,000, as part of the Northern Powergrid Community Energy Seed Fund, managed in partnership with Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.
Sustainability manager Anne-Claire Leydier said: “We want to support and work with local communities to deliver affordable and sustainable energy solutions.
The fund is open until October 27.
For information, visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply-groups. Successful applicants will be announced in December 2015.