The Community Chest closes after awarding £50,000

58 communities got a grant to make their building greener

2 June 2014

At the end of May, we closed the Western Power Distribution Community Chest, having distributed all of the funds in the pot! 58 village halls, scout huts, churches, arts centres and other community buildings across WPD's region received a grant of up to £1,000 to make their premises more energy efficient and cheaper to run.

Otterton Community Shop in Devon received a grant to install much-needed insulation to the walls, floor and loft! “We are really grateful, it will allow us to make our new shop fit for the 21st Century,” said the shop’s chairman, Viv.

Coastlands Family Church in Glamorgan got a grant to replace their old boiler with a brand-new efficient one, which will make a big difference to their heating costs.

Meanwhile, East Quantoxhead Village Hall in Somerset received funding for two new water boilers and kettles, enabling them to keep the all-important cups of tea coming at a reduced price!

Hawkesbury Hospital Hall, a village hall in Gloucestershire, was able to install new lighting with dimmer switches, along with draught excluders for the external doors. “This is fantastic news and will make a real difference to us,” they said.

And in Cornwall, the Passmore Edwards Institute (Hayle’s village hall) will now be able to install low-energy lighting throughout the building. “I and all the Trustees would like to sincerely thank you for this grant,” said Ray. “This will greatly help the Institute to continue its contribution to the social and economic life of Hayle by reducing its running costs, along with a reduction in the hall’s carbon emissions.”

The WPD Community Chest was a grant scheme funded by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and administered by CSE. There was a total funding pot of £50,000. Read more about the scheme here.

Image: Frances Carter, Flickr

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