£25,000 grants available for organisations to improve energy efficiency and upgrade community buildings across North Northamptonshire

28 May 2024

Voluntary and community organisations across North Northamptonshire are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to improve energy efficiency and upgrade facilities in community buildings.

The grants are funded by the UK government through the Shared Prosperity Fund which aims to increase life chances across the UK, investing in communities and place, supporting local business, as well as people and skills.

If an organisation can effectively demonstrate that the funding will be used to support any of the following priorities, they can apply for a grant of up to £25,000:

  • community facility building upgrades to improve energy efficiency (e.g., LED lights)
  • community facility building accessibility and safety (e.g., ramps, rails, paths, lights, signage, etc.)
  • internal upgrades to community building facilities (e.g., equipment upgrades: kitchen, toilets, etc.) to enhance community use

The following groups can apply:

  • parish councils
  • charities
  • community and voluntary groups
  • clubs
  • not-for-profit organisations

School PTAs (parent teacher associations), 'Friends of' groups and health charities and religious groups can also apply if their projects benefit the wider community and support the overarching aims.

Joint applications between organisations are also welcomed. One organisation needs to apply and take the lead during the application process.

Applications are open until Tuesday 18 June 2024, with full criteria and how to apply on the council’s community funding pages.

Bringing investment into our area is a huge focus for the council, and this funding means we will be able to support a range of projects and programmes that will offer opportunities for our residents.

The funding available will give organisations with ambition and creativity the chance to help our local communities thrive and leave a long-lasting legacy for the area.
Cllr Mark Rowley, the council’s Executive Member for Housing, Communities and Levelling Up
One of our key commitments as a council is taking a lead on improving the green environment and making the area more sustainable for generations to come.

We are looking forward to working in partnership with more community groups and investing in innovative projects that will deliver local impact. I urge anyone interested to take a look at all of the support available and get applying!
Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

Organisations must:

  • demonstrate value for money in the investment of public funds (environmental, social, and economic)
  • identify and quantify beneficiaries and impact of investment
    Consider on-going sustainability
  • ensure the identified funding priorities are met in the application