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New funding available to reduce energy bills

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Running a foodbank from a church hall? We know that a great many church halls are providing a range of vital services to their local community. A new grant scheme is now available to help community and voluntary groups reduce their energy bills by providing free energy audits and energy efficiency grants. 

Eligible organisations are those directly supporting individuals and communities with critical needs, particularly those related to the rising cost of living. Examples include: 

  • Services that address poverty, including by providing food, warmth, emergency supplies or personal grants 
  • Shelter, accommodation and housing for those most in need 
  • Advice services for people experiencing financial, housing or legal challenges 
  • Services that address specific physical and mental health issues (such as disability, addiction and dementia) 
  • Education, training and employment services that improve employability 
  • Community hubs or centres, out of which any of these services operate 

Buildings primarily used for worship are excluded but those mainly used to deliver services to the community regardless of faith are eligible. 

The deadline for applications is Monday 20 June

If you are interested in applying for this scheme, please contact the Diocesan Environment and Sustainability officer Ed Cotterill at