The purpose of the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) was to help prepare communities in England and Wales to take action on energy efficiency and renewable energy and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Government policies such as the Green Deal, Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-In Tariffs.
It was delivered within a short timescale (between December 2011 and March 2012) and received over 600 applications from community-led organisations of which 236 were successful and shared a £9.2 million. The average award to organisations was approximately £40,000. Activities delivered included public engagement, scoping studies, demonstration projects, awareness-raising and behaviour change projects.
The evaluation involved telephone interviews, identification of themes, an online survey for project representatives and 40 in-depth interviews and the production of 10 case studies.