The Green Open Homes network is growing

This autumn’s open homes and networking events

2 July 2015

A huge 26 groups applied for funding for Green Open Homes events to take place this autumn. This round of grants offered between £500 and £7,500 to organisers of both new and existing open homes events to cover the essential costs, like publicity. Applicants stretched down into Cornwall, across to Essex, up to Cumbria, reaching as far as South-West Wales.

 James Watt, who is overseeing the grant process, has been encouraged by the level of interest in funding:

“It was good to see applications coming in from all over. Around a quarter of applicants are new to the Green Open Homes network – hopefully an extended network will mean that the events reach many more people around England and Wales, and inspire them to make energy saving improvements in their own homes.”

The full list of successful applicants can’t be announced just yet, as there are still negotiations on the specifics of some grant offers, but it is hoped that we will be able to fund the majority of applicants.

Prior to the open homes events in September and October, there will be a couple of networking events for existing, new and aspiring event organisers, volunteers and home openers. These offer a chance to hear about previous achievements, find out about different approaches, learn from other organisers and home openers and network with each other. Most of all, they’re about providing a forum to share learning and help everyone overcome barriers, with a view to maintaining momentum across the movement.

The events are free to attend, but places are limited, and it is recommended that groups send someone from the organising team and either a confirmed or potential home opener for the event. In order to make the events accessible for the whole network, we are holding one event in Bristol and one in Manchester, in partnership with the Carbon Coop. For further information and to book a place, click on the appropriate link below.

Bristol | Friday, 7 August 2015 | 11am – 4pm [cancelled due to low interest]

Manchester | Friday, 14 August 2015 | 11am – 4pm

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