Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme
Grants for energy saving measures in community buildings
Project duration: November 2015 ongoing
CSE supports communities to take local action on the climate crisis, and one way we do this is to support them to make energy efficiency changes to their local community buildings. Find out if your community building is eligible, and fill out an application form, below.
Since 2015 we have supported communities to save money, save carbon and have warmer community buildings through administering the Thrive Renewables Community Benefit programme. This programme gives grants of up to £4,000 to cover improvements such as insulation, draught-proofing, LED lighting or improved heating controls to community buildings, like village halls and community centres.
2022 is the sixth year that this grant programme has run, and this year a total of £30,000 is available. The programme is open to community buildings within a 20-mile radius of one of the 17 wind, hydro, solar or battery storage sites in which Thrive Renewables is invested (see map and list of postcodes below). An application form is downloadable from this page, as is the guidance document which will tell you whether your building is eligible and what we are looking for in the applications. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 11th September.
Below is a list of site names and postcodes of Thrive Renewable developments. Community buildings need to be within 20 miles of one of these to be eligible for the fund.
Sigurd KW17 2NL
Clayfords AB43 6RQ
Auchtygills AB43 6RQ
Beochlich PA33 1BW
Dunfermline KY11 8UD
Loch a’Bhraoin IV23 2RB
Drumduff FK1 2JU
Avonmouth BS11 0YS
Boardinghouse PE15 0YN
Ransonmoor PE15 0TY
March PE15 0UW
Eye IP23 8BW
Ness Point NR32 1UZ
Feeder Road BS5 9BU
Haverigg II LA18 4NB
Caton Moor LA2 9HF
Wicken MK19 6BS
If your building fits these criteria, the next step is to complete a basic energy survey 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.
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.
- Other sources of funding and finance for community buildings.
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. Just like The Centre at Halton:
As part of the 2021 round, Thrive awarded £4,000 to Halton Community Association so that it could upgrade the community centre’s lighting and help install eco-friendly taps. The centre, near to Thrive's Caton Moor wind farm, provides vital services for residents of all ages and has become a focal point of the community, as Carol Slinger, Finance Assistant at Halton Community Association describes: "Whether it be our baby and toddler class, our over-55's lunch club or our 'Knitter-natter' group, the centre has something for everyone and we’re proud to have been serving our community for close to 50 years.
"To ensure we can continue operating, grants such as those from Thrive are vital, helping us to make the centre more energy efficient and cheaper to run. They also support our green strategy as we work towards making the building as sustainable as possible for the generations to come."