Grants of up to £4,000 for energy saving in community buildings

Round 5 of Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme

7 July 2021

Round 5 of the Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme opened this morning (7 June) with around £30,000 to give out in grants for energy saving measures in community buildings.

2021 is the fifth year that this grant programme has run, and, as before, village halls, community centres, church halls and similar facilities can apply for grants of up to £4,000 from a programme set up by Thrive Renewables. Funding can cover improvements such as insulation, draught-proofing, LED lighting or improved heating controls.

The programme is open to community buildings within a 30-mile radius of one of the 17 renewable energy developments – wind, hydro, solar or battery storage – in which Thrive Renewables is invested. There's a small-scale map of these below, but for more detail on locations and for eligibility guidace and an application form, click on the full project profile.

Over the last few years the grants have been awarded to many buildings including community centres, village halls, a cricket pavilion and a youth centre. Improvements installed included loft insulation, new (more draught-proof) doors, water saving devices, energy efficient lighting and other insulation projects. Funding is available for renewable energy installations in buildings where the applicant can demonstrate that all reasonable energy efficiency improvements have been made.

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