Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme

Grants for energy saving measures in community buildings

Project duration: November 2015 ongoing

UPDATE: This programme is now closed. We'll hopefully be running it again in 2022 ...

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.

2021 is the fifth year that this grant programme has run, and as usual a total of around £30,000 is available.

The programme is open to community buildings within a 30-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 a the guidance document which will tell you whether your building is eligible. The deadline for applications is 19 September 2021.

Below is a list of site names and postcodes of Thrive Renewable developments. Community buildings need to be within 30 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
Cuckmere BN26 6TH
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 surveyto 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 survey
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.
  • Other sources of funding and finance for community buildings.

Need 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 Pavilion 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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