WPD Community Chest (2015)

£50,000 for energy saving improvements in community buildings in Midlands, South West and South Wales

Update, 25 November 2015 | The £50,000 grant pot is now used up. Our thanks to everyone who applied, and to WPD for funding this scheme.

Read our news story about how the fund was allocated.

The WPD Community Chest is a grant scheme which distributes awards of up to £1,000 to communities to reduce their energy use through improvements to village halls, scout huts and other community buildings.

It is funded by the network operator Western Power Distribution (WPD) and administered by CSE, and is open to groups in the Midlands, the South West and South Wales (e.g. WPD's area of operation - see the postcode checker in the Guidance and Eligibility document). 

All sorts of energy-saving improvements qualify including roof or cavity wall insulation, boiler replacement, new heating controls, double or secondary glazing, draught proofing, smart lighting, and replacing of appliances like fridges or water heaters for more energy efficient models. It can also fund water-saving equipment like new taps and showers.

This is the scheme's fourth round of funding. See below the photo for details of earlier rounds (2010, 2012 and 2014) and case studies of successful applicants.

Groups who wish to apply to the Community Chest should download the following documents:

WPD Community Chest Guidance and Eligibility
WPD Community Chest Application Form
WPD Community Chest Energy Survey *

Funding will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to groups whose applications meet the terms of the scheme. When the grant pot is used up, that's that – so get your application in quickly! Questions? Contact wpdcc@cse.org.uk.

The WPD Community Chest ran for the first time in 2010-11 and was repeated in 2012 and 2014. Each time a pot of £50,000 was distributed among 60 or so groups that included a water sports centre, churches and even a lobster hatchery. 

Case study: Heating improvements at Greenway Centre and St Martin's Community Hall
Case study: Lighting upgrades at Trinity Centre and Whisty Community Association
Case study: Secondary glazing at Roll for the Soul and Zion Community Arts Space
Case study: High-performance thermal doors at Dyrham and Hinton village hall

In 2014, 58 community buildings received a Community Chest grant. Among them was Otterton Community Shop in Devon which received a grant to install much-needed insulation to the walls, floor and loft. 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.

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.”

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