Another £50K for community buildings

... it’s round four of the popular WPD fund

7 September 2015

Grants of up to £1,000 are now available to community groups across Western Power Distribution’s network area in the Midlands, South West and South Wales to reduce the energy use in their community buildings.

The Community Chest, funded by WPD and administered by CSE, is now in its fourth round of funding having given grants to over 150 community buildings since 2011. A total of £50,000 is up for grabs in this new round.

The aim is to help community groups carry out simple but effective energy efficiency improvements in their 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.

CSE's Heather Crane is managing the project. "We’re delighted that WPD have reopened the Community Chest. These small grants are invaluable to community groups to make their buildings warmer and more usable and to reduce their running costs. We love hearing all the good news stories from buildings which have benefitted from the grant in the past.”

The types of improvements which can be funded include roof insulation, heating improvements, double or secondary glazing, draught proofing, energy efficient lighting, energy saving appliances and water reduction measures. The grant can’t be used to part fund larger improvements like solid wall insulation or renewable energy installations.

To help give groups ideas about what improvements might benefit them most, we’ve produced some case studies of community buildings that have made energy efficiency upgrades.
The application process is simple, groups complete a straightforward walkaround audit of their building to identify areas where improvement is needed and submit the results with a short application form and quotes for their desired measure(s).

Applications are open from today until Friday 27 November 2015 or until the grant pot is exhausted. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

More details, the case studies and application downloads are available here.

[Photo: Tony Atkin, reproduced under Creative Commons]

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