Green Fox is grateful to a wide range of partners, supporters and funders for the assistance that has been provided to the co-operative to date.
John Cleveland College: Secondary school in Hinckley, Leicestershire, which has worked with Green Fox since 2012 to develop plans for a woodchip boiler installation to replace the existing oil-fired heating system.
Rural Energy: A Leicestershire-based business and leading biomass boiler installer with over 500 installations completed to date. Chosen by competitive tender as the preferred installer of woodchip boilers at John Cleveland College.
Sharenergy: A not-for-profit organisation which helps communities find, build and own renewable energy generation. Sharenergy played a key role in setting up Woolhope Woodheat, the first woodchip boiler co-operative set up in the UK.
Transition Leicester: With grant funding support from the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Transition Leicester initiated the work to set up Green Fox as a community energy co-operative for Leicester and Leicestershire in spring 2012.
Microgenius is an online platform that aims to make it easy for people to find and purchase shares in sustainable energy projects.
The Shares Coop is a website that promotes community share offers online, including Green Fox’s JCC Woodheat Co-op.
The National Forest is an ambitious project to create hundreds of square miles of new managed woodland in central England.
Leicester City Council has worked with Green Fox to identify opportunities for solar photovoltaic installations on its building stock, and City Mayor Peter Soulsby has stated his support of the initiative.
Leicestershire County Council has provided financial support to Green Fox through its Big Society and Social Enterprise grant funds and has provided assistance to identify suitable sites for renewable energy installations across the county.
WISE (Working In Social Enterprise) is a programme of support for new and existing social enterprises in Leicester, run by CASE, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire and Leicester University. WISE has provided Green Fox with guidance on governance and legal structures.
Co-operative Enterprise Hub has made free support on renewable energy project development available to Green Fox.
Leicestershire & Rutland ProHelp has brokered free professional support on marketing and legal issues for Green Fox from Leicester-based businesses.
CASE (Co-operatives and Social Enterprise) have provided Green Fox with guidance on governance and legal structures through the WISE support programme for Social Enterprise.
Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation has provided funding for outreach work to support Green Fox’s long-term development in the Leicester and Leicestershire area.
The Big Society Grant Fund, run by Leicestershire County Council, has provided funding towards delivery of the share offer for the JCC Woodheat Community Co-operative.
The Naturesave Trust has provided grant funding in support of the JCC Woodheat Community Co-operative share offer and pledged to invest in the co-operative.