Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme
Grants for energy saving measures in community buildings
Project duration: November 2015 ongoing
Update: 15 April 2018 | The 4th round of the Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme will open in May and run until the deadline of 31 August. If you would like to receive information about the fund, please sign up to our communities newsletter or check back on this page in a couple of weeks.
Community buildings, like village halls and community centres, can apply for grants of up to £4,000 from a fund 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 fund 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. This - along with an application form and guidance notes for applicants - will be available for download from this page after Round 4 is launched in May. 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
- 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.