Grants of up to £4,000 for energy smart changes to community buildings

New fund for sustainable makeovers near Thrive Renewables’ sites

30 November 2015

[This page was updated in April 2016 when Triodos Renewables changed it's name to Thrive Renewables.]

A brand new community benefit fund that we’re administering on behalf of Thrive Renewables (formerly Triodos Renewables) launches today (30 November). Communities across the UK can apply for funding to make their shared public buildings easier and cheaper to heat, and more comfortable as a result.

The fund is available to community buildings near to Thrive Renewables’ energy projects. These are positioned all over the country, from Cambridgeshire to Dunfermline and from Bristol to Cumbria (see map). Community building owners and managers can apply for advice and funding to implement energy saving and clean energy generation measures in their buildings – including village halls, church rooms, and the like.

Guidance and application forms are available on the project page.

NB The building you request funding for must be near a Thrive Renewable site. Please see the eligible postcodes in the guidance document before contacting us.

Janine Michael, who is Head of Development at CSE, commented: “Community buildings and shared spaces of all kinds can host all sorts of activities and be a valuable asset for the neighbourhood. But all too often they are underused because they’re cold, damp or draughty, or because the heating and lighting costs are too high. It can cost relatively little to make significant improvements, but finding the money can be difficult."

The new fund will help remedy this. Adrian Warman, Operations Manager at Thrive Renewables, said: “We are delighted to launch our new Community Benefit Fund as part of our 20th birthday celebrations. We are now able to offer communities up and down the country the opportunity to make substantial and important improvements to buildings they care about. We think it’s vital to be connected to the communities that we operate in and to open up dialogue. We’re looking forward to receiving applications and seeing what difference we can make.”

With awards of up to £4,000, a whole host of changes will be possible, including LED lighting, insulation, draught-proofing, improved heating or lighting controls. There is an option to use the funding for selected professional advice leading to long term improvements in energy efficiency. In addition, we will provide templates, guidance and home energy efficiency advice to householders in the local community. As well as providing tangible energy savings, we hope that the scheme will help raise awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

For further details and to download an application, see the project page.

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