Western Power Distribution restocks ’community chest’

£50k for energy saving in South West, Midlands, South Wales

15 February 2012

1 May 2012 This grant scheme is now closed. Around 60 community groups successfully applied for funding, and the £50,000 Community Chest has been fully allocated. We're keeping this web page open for the benefit of other organisations who may wish to undertake a similar scheme.

Community groups in the Midlands, the South West and South Wales can apply for grants of up to £1000 to help reduce their energy use.

This is thanks to a grant scheme funded by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and administered by CSE. A total of £50,000 is up for grabs.

The aim is to help community groups carry out simple but effective energy efficiency improvements in village halls and community buildings, after carrying out their own energy audits. The maximum award per group will be £1000, but you can apply for less than this.

CSE's Anna Watts is managing the project. "A similar WPD scheme ran iduring 2010-2011 and led to a wide range of measures being installed by village halls, local clubs and churches, and even a lobster hatchery!"

The types of measures undertaken included roof insulation, cavity wall insulation, boiler replacement, new heating controls, double or secondary glazing, draught proofing, energy efficient lighting,  lighting sensors, more efficient taps, and white goods replacement.

The process is simple, with groups being asked to submit a short application form and provide quotes for recommended improvements once they have completed an audit of their building.

Applications will initially be accepted for three months from February until the end of April, or until the grant pot is exhausted. More details and application-form downloads here.

Photo: by sea turtle, reproduced under creative commons

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