9 Jan 2018

The Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme offers grants of up to £4,000 for energy efficient improvements such as insulation, better doors or windows, LED lighting and improved heating controls.

Energy efficient roofing

The community building must be located in the immediate vicinity of wind, solar and hydroelectric installations that Thrive Renewables is invested in. This year there are 21 eligible locations spreading across England, Scotland and Wales.

Now in its third year, the fund has provided grants to a number of different types of buildings including community centres, village halls, a cricket pavilion and a youth centre, for improvements such as loft insulation, new (more draught-proof) doors, water saving devices, energy efficient lighting and other insulation projects.

Explaining the benefits of the grants, Thrive Renewables' Adrian Warman said:

'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.'

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must complete a basic energy audit to help identify the most appropriate improvements to their building.

The deadline for applications is 30 March 2018.

Find out more and apply.