Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme

Funding for low carbon improvements to community buildings

Project duration: November 2015 ongoing

Thrive Renewables (formerly known asTriodos Renewables) is funding energy improvements to community buildings in areas close to its project sites. [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.]

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.

CSE is administering the grants – of up to £4,000 – 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,” said Bridget Newbery, project manager at CSE.

Thrive Renewables' Adrian Warman agrees: "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 impact this looks set to achieve is fantastic.”

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 vecinity 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). Awards will be made monthly until the funding pot runs out, so act quickly to avoid missing out.


Need some inspiration?

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

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

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

Even if you find you’re not eligible, think about low cost and zero cost improvements you can make to your building. We’d love to hear from you if you have made improvements…

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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