Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme

Funding for low carbon improvements to community buildings to continue in 2017

Project duration: November 2015 ongoing

Thrive Renewables (formerly known as Triodos Renewables) is funding energy improvements to community buildings in areas close to its project sites for the second year running, after the success of the programme in 2016.

The aim is to make community buildings, like village halls and community centres, more useful for the communities they serve and to help raise awareness of important energy issues.

[NB These areas are defined by postcode. Please read the guidance for applicants carefully to make sure that your community building falls within an eligible area.]

CSE is administering the grants for improvements like LED lighting, insulation, draught-proofing, or improved heating controls. Energy upgrades like these reduce energy use, lower running costs and improve comfort levels for users. Funding is available for renewable energy installations in buildings where the applicant can demonstrate that all reasonable energy efficiency improvements have been made.

“This is an excellent opportunity for community buildings to make changes that will have real impact as well as for local groups to gain the confidence to take action on energy issues,” said Bridget Newbery, project manager at CSE.

In 2016 the grants were awarded to a number of buildings including community centres, village halls, a cricket pavilion and a youth centre in Thrive sites around the country. Improvements installed included loft insulation, new (more draught-proof) doors, water saving devices, energy efficient lighting and other insulation projects. Many of the groups who recieved the grant were also inspired to take action on other zero-cost energy improvements in the building and in their local area.

Thrive Renewables' Adrian Warman explains the benefits of the grants: "Our grants mean community buildings can get advice and 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.”

The map below shows Thrive Renewables' projects in Scotland, England and Wales: 1) Sigurd, 2) Clayfords. 3) Auchtygills, 4) Beochlich, 5) Dunfermline, 6) Haverigg II, 7) Caton Moor, 8) Wern Ddu 9) Avonmouth, 10) Boardinghouse, 11) Ransonmoor, 12) March (Greenvale), 13) Eye, 14) Ness Point, 15) Kessingland

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

The fund is open to community buildings in the immediate vicinity of Thrive Renewables wind turbines and hydroelectric installations, so first of all please read the guidance document and check whether your building is in an eligible location and meets the other criteria.

If it does, 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 send it to CSE by post or email (details below).


Need some inspiration?

Take a look at these examples of low carbon improvements in community buildings, funded through another of our projects:

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

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

We can provide additional support to groups or organisations who want to run activities that advise local residents about their home energy use. Please enquire for more details.

For further information contact:

Daniel Stone |

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