Help available towards energy costs at community buildings


Grants of between £250 and £3,000 are available

£100,000 is being made available to help local community groups keep their buildings open and help provide a warm space for the most vulnerable this winter.   The new energy fund has been launched by Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Community Foundation.

The cash is available to help deal with the increased costs of running premises.   Grants of between £250 and £3,000 are available towards energy bills.   Applicant groups must have an annual income which is under £1million.

Community groups have a short window to apply for the cash, with funding available between now and November 20.

Councillor Mark Lygo, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Equalities, said: “The council committed to ensuring that community venues stay open this winter. This fund will continue to support the hard work of community groups, who are helping some of the most vulnerable people in the county so that rises in costs to access services are not passed on.

Zoe Sprigings, Chief Executive Officer for the Oxfordshire Community Foundation said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Oxfordshire County Council again on a further round of grants, this time to support the increased costs of running premises.  We know that community buildings are becoming hubs for everything from mutual aid to befriending to debt advice, and we really welcome this additional support to keep these spaces open for the winter.”

More information is available here.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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