High street retailer Marks & Spencer is offering community groups £300,000 to fund energy projects.

Now in its third year, the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund awarded grants to 26 projects last year.

More than 80,000 people took part in a public vote to decide on the recipients.

The deadline for this year’s applications in 23 June.

Sustainable communities Jonathan Hazeldine, Head of M&S Energy said, “Each time we open the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund for new applicants, we are incredibly impressed by the time and commitment so many people give to the community projects that matter to them.

“Last year’s applicants upped their game with their campaigning and marketing efforts, and we are looking forward to starting the search for this year’s winners.

“As a 100% green energy provider, this fund is a great way for us to take our commitment further by getting involved with our communities and helping them become more environmentally and financially sustainable.”

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