Richmond Groups Offered Energy Grants

10 June 2013

Local organisations are now able to apply for an energy grant under a new scheme launched by Richmond Council, it has been revealed.

The Council launched the new Community Energy Action Grants on 5 June to coincide with World Environment Day.

The initiative will make a number of grants available to local community groups or not-for-profit organisations looking to make energy efficient improvements to their property or looking to promote the importance of energy efficiency and conservation in the community.

“This new grant program taps into strong community interest in saving electricity to reduce emissions and help combat climate change,” Councillor Virginia Morris explained.

The Strategic Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, Parks and Highways continued: “It offers funding for community organisations to improve energy efficiency, with the added benefit of helping them save money on fuel bills, which can better used for other things.”

Richmond Council lists several suggestions on its website, including making energy efficient, carbon-reducing improvements to premises. Such improvements would include everything from Solid Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation to boiler replacement and improved heating.

Solid Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation are both available as part of the Government’s flagship Green Deal initiative. Another of the suggested uses for the grant is paying to have a Green Deal assessment carried out.

Following an assessment – which can be carried out on a residential or commercial property – arrangements can be made for improvements under the scheme’s loan service. This loan would be paid back against the property’s energy bill, with the cost of repayment not exceeding the sum of savings.

In addition to improving the efficiency of properties, grants can also be issued to those looking to promote energy efficiency and carbon reduction.

Examples supplied by Richmond Council include those looking to provide training or workshops related to reducing greenhouse gasses; those looking to promote energy awareness within their local neighbourhood and groups; and those wishing to use arts, culture, and sports as a way of pushing people to actively consider energy conservation.

“The grant criteria is deliberately broad to encourage community groups to come up with their own ideas to either save energy in the buildings they use or to help others save,” explained Morris.

Local groups and not-for-profit organisations have until 15 July to apply to Richmond Council for a Community Energy Action Grant.

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