The WPD Community Chest is back!

Grants to make your community building lean and green

21 February 2014

Does your community centre cost a fortune to run? Are you concerned about your village hall’s carbon footprint? Local groups in the Midlands, the South West and South Wales can now apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help reduce energy use in their community buildings.

The WPD Community Chest is 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 £1,000, but you can apply for less than this.

Perhaps your community building needs insulation, a new heating system, lighting sensors, double glazing or more efficient taps? We'll provide groups with an energy survey template so that they can walk around their building and assess what most needs doing. Then they just need to get some quotes for having those improvements done, and send back a short application form.

This is the third time we have run the Community Chest. In the last round, 66 village halls, scout huts and other similar community buildings were awarded grants to enable them to carry out simple but effective energy efficiency improvements. For example, the Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth, a not-for-profit watersports and activities centre, received funding to install occupancy sensors in the showers, changing rooms and toilets so that the lights weren’t being left on.

It's first come, first served - the Community Chest is open for applications until 30 May 2014, or until the grant pot runs out, so get your application in soon. Read more and download the application forms here.

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