Nine community buildings close to renewable energy projects across the country have been successful in round four of Thrive’s Community Benefit Programme, totalling £30,150 in grants. From Orkney to Suffolk, chilly church halls and community centres will be made more welcoming and benefit from reduced monthly running costs and lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Each successful community building will receive up to £4,000 to make energy efficiency and sustainability improvements carefully targeted for their specific design and use. Improvements like loft insulation, new double-glazed windows, draft-proof doors, thermal curtains and efficient LED lighting.
A wide variety of buildings have been awarded grants this year, hosting projects, charities and organisations which support and address different community needs.
Successful applicants include:
- North East Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau - an independent charity providing impartial, free advice to the local community
- Heart and Sound - a Scottish youth work and creative media charity
- Alloa Rugby Football Club - a rugby training facility and social club for local sports teams
- St Paul’s Parish Church - the village hub acting as a focal point hosting groups of all ages from across the local area
The sustainability improvements are forecast to save community organisations an average of £649 per year. This will go a long way to helping them maintain these vital shared spaces which provide so much for the people who use them. In addition, the energy efficiency improvements are also calculated to save 23.03 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, contributing to the global effort to address the climate emergency and reach our targets of net zero emissions by 2050.
North East Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau received £1,781 for loft insulation, which will support an ongoing project to improve the energy usage of the building. Susan, Business Development Officer for the charity said:
“This is an old Victorian building which is very chilly with no insulation in the loft. Many people who come here for advice may be quite stressed and it can be uncomfortable with it being so cold. This new insulation will help us with our work helping the community in a more pleasant and warm environment. It will also save us money on our electricity bills - money we would rather use for our charitable activities like training more volunteer advisers”