Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme

Grants for energy saving measures in community buildings

Project duration: November 2015 ongoing

Update April 2020: Due to the Covid-19 crisis, Thrive Renewables has taken the decision to allocate funding from the community benefit programme to support the Covid-19 response programmes in each of the communities local to their installations. CSE will be helping Thrive Renewables in consulting with local representatives to understand how the donations can have the most impact in helping those who are struggling and will be administering the donations on behalf of Thrive Renewables. More information can be found here.

At this time we are not open for applications for the usual programme to improve energy efficiency of community buildings local to the Thrive Renewables installations. To find out when future rounds of funding become available, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Community buildings, like village halls and community centres, can apply for grants of up to £4,000 from a programme set up by Thrive Renewables.

Grants can cover improvements such as insulation, draught-proofing, LED lighting or improved heating controls. The building must be close to one of the wind, hydro or solar sites in which Thrive Renewables is invested.

This sounds good, what do I need to do to apply?

The programme is only currently open to community buildings in the immediate vicinity of a renewable energy project in which Thrive Renewables is invested, so first of all please read the guidance document and check whether your building is in an eligible location (see map and table below) and meets the other criteria.

Site name and location (eligible postcodes shown in bold)

Sigurd, Orkney KW17 2NL | KW17 
Auchtygills and Clayfords, Aberdeenshire AB43 6RQ | AB42 4, AB43 7, AB43 6, AB43 8
Beochlich, Argyll and Bute PA33 1BW | PA31 8, PA33 1, PA32 8 (in vicinity of Ford only): please check with us before applying
Dunfermline, Fife KY11 8UD KY11 8, KY11 3, KY11 4
Haverigg II, Cumbria LA18 4NB LA18 4, LA18 5
Caton Moor, Lancashire LA2 9HF LA2 9, LA2 0
Avonmouth, Bristol BS11 0YS BS11 0, BS11 9, BS11 8
Fenpower/Ransonmoor PE15 0TY, March PE15 0UW & Boardinghouse, Cambs PE15 0YN PE16 6, PE15 0, PE7 2, PE15 9, PE15 8
Eye, Suffolk IP23 8BW IP23 8, IP23 7, IP21 4
Ness Point, Suffolk NR32 1UZ NR32 1, NR32 2, NR32 3, NR32 4
Gevens, Fife KY2 5XG KY2 5, KY5 9, KY4 8
Brotherton, Aberdeenshire DD10 0HZ DD10 0, AB30 1
Drumduff, West Lothian FK1 2JU FK1 2, EH48 3
Mean Moor, Cumbria LA12 7SA LA12 7, LA12 0

If your building fits these criteria, the next step is to complete a basic energy audit to help you to identify the most appropriate improvements to your building. You'll also need to get some quotes for the improvements identified, fill in the short application form and return it to us by post or email.

Energy audit
Guidance for applicants
Application form

If you need more support to identify appropriate upgrades for your community building, get in touch. We can get you started and provide guidance on things like:

  • how to find an installer
  • low and zero cost energy saving improvements
  • turning your audit into a report
  • other sources of funding and finance for community buildings

Need some inspiration?

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.

The Victoria Institute, a village hall in Caton, Lancashire, received £3,300 to insulate the loft, water tank and pipework, plus replace a window and two external doors. “The Victoria Institute is the hub of the village, and an invaluable part of the community,”said Mr R. Paine, the hall’s chairperson. “Keeping it in a good state of repair will save us money, and we’re really looking forward to benefitting from the improvements the funding has allowed us to make.”

Thrive Renewables' Adrian Warman explains the benefits of the grants: "Our grants mean community buildings can make fundamental energy improvements. Improvements to how comfortable they are, how much they cost to run, and, ultimately, how much they get used. There really aren’t many grants for spaces like this, but so many people and groups rely on them.”

Take a look at these examples below to see how the Thrive grant has been used (click on the link for a PDF case study)

Millom Baptist Church in Cumbria
Millom Baptist Church in Cumbria received a grant for £4,000 in 2016 to install loft insulation and a new Velux window as part of the wider renovations to the church roof.

The Doddington Pavillion in Cambridgeshire
Doddington Pavillion were successful in their application for £2,870 to pay for improved loft insulation, LED lighting, motion sensor light switches and push taps in the toilets
to save water.

For further information contact:

Rachel Haycock | 0117 934 1424

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