Groups are being offered a helping hand to improve the energy efficiency of their community buildings thanks to a new Daventry District Council scheme.
The Energy Efficiency Grants for Community Buildings scheme offers free Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessments for eligible buildings across the district, such as village halls and sports pavilions.
Groups can then claim up to half the funding for any improvement measures identified in the assessment.
Grants of up to £6,000 are available for renewable energy projects, such as the installation of solar panels, ground source heat pumps or biomass boilers.
Alternatively, up to £15,000 is available for insulation measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation, and for non-renewable measures such as LED or fluorescent light installations.
DDC is working on the scheme with not-for-profit organisation the Flourish Partnership, who can help community groups work up their plans and have a list of local installers to make improvement works.
Money for any renewable energy improvements will come from DDC’s Second Homes Fund – a pot of money generated from Council Tax on second homes. Contributions towards other improvements will come out of the Council’s existing capital grants scheme.
Councillor Jo Gilford, DDC environment portfolio holder, said: “Village halls and sports pavilions are at the heart of our communities, but many are old and not as energy efficient as they could be.
“This scheme aims to help the hard-working volunteers who maintain such buildings by identifying the improvements that can be made and, crucially, making a significant contribution to the cost of those improvements.
“This will not only lower the carbon footprint of our community buildings, but reduce energy bills and further promote the wider use of renewable technologies. I would urge community groups with buildings in need of improvements to contact us to find out more.
For more information about the Energy Efficiency Grants for Community Buildings scheme visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/communitygrants or phone Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.