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Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme launches new round of funding for community buildings!

Published: August 9, 2021


The Centre of Sustainable Energy are a national, independent energy charity based in Bristol.  On behalf of Thrive Renewables they are currently offering a new round of grant funding to be used for upgrades to community buildings, like village halls and community centres.

The Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme is only open to community buildings within a 30 mile radius of a renewable energy project in which Thrive Renewables is invested. Because community buildings in your local area are within the vicinity of the Drumduff Wind Farm, these buildings may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £4,000 to cover carbon saving improvements such as insulation, draught-proofing, LED lighting or improved heating controls, which reduce a building’s carbon footprint. Applicants should read the guidance document or online here: and check whether the building is within a 30 miles of a Thrive site (see map and table on webpage) and meets the other criteria.

If these buildings fit the criteria and individuals within the community are interested in applying for a grant, the next step is for them to complete a basic energy audit to help identify the most appropriate improvements to the building. They will also need to get some quotes for the improvements identified, fill in the short application form and send it to CSE by post or email. If you need more support to identify appropriate upgrades for the community building, you can get in touch with CSE on 0117 934 1400.

CSE can help 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

The deadline for applications is 19th September 2021. After this deadline all applications will be assessed. Awards will be made to the applications which can demonstrate that the improvements to their community building will achieve the most impact in terms of carbon savings and social value. This is different to previous rounds where applications have been awarded on a first come first served basis.

For more information, visit this webpage: or contact us.

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