Community building grants open for 2018!

  • Posted: 09 Jan 2018

Communities across the UK can apply for grants to make their shared public buildings easier and cheaper to heat thanks to the Thrive Renewables' Community Benefit Programme.

Last year, 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.”

The Bridge of Orchy village hall was also awarded £4,000 which paid for roof and floor insulation and eligible for its proximity to our Beochlich hydro-electric site.  The work was undertaken as part of a wider refurbishment, bringing the hall back into use and opening in the spring of 2017. 

The refurbished hall provides daytime activities for mums, children and older folk fighting isolation and offering inclusion in a remote area.  The hall will also offer shelter to walkers on the popular West Highland Way.

"There can be no doubt that we have achieved something remarkable that will change the quality of life for a "very rural" community." John Kerr

With awards of up to £4,000, a whole host of changes will be possible, including insulation, draught-proofing, improved heating, LED lighting or lighting controls. There is an option to use the funding for selected professional advice leading to long term improvements in energy efficiency.

The fund is available to community buildings near to sustainable energy projects in which Thrive Renewables is invested. These are positioned all over the country, from Cambridgeshire to Dunfermline and from Bristol to Cumbria.

For more information, and to find out how to apply, please go here.