We’re very excited to have been selected as one of 40 projects to be awarded a share of over £200,000 grant funding from Efficiency North’s EN:Able Community Investment Fund. The Fund is targeted at local projects that are sustainable over the long term, provide local employment opportunities, encourage self-sufficiency and that will also provide long term benefits for the wider local community.
The regional fund supports local communities throughout Yorkshire and Humber and now in its sixth year of operation.
The £5,000 grant will contribute towards the purchase and installation of a renewable energies system for the Arts Barge. Sustainability is high on our agenda and we will be exploring the idea of a water source heat pump and solar panel combination. We want to utilise the natural resources available, support a cleaner healthier environment and have low running costs. Potentially the system could even generate surplus green energy, creating an additional income stream for the project. We’re very pleased to receive this grant, it’s a really positive start to 2018 for us and we hope it will help to attract the further funding needed to get the Arts Barge up and running for everyone to enjoy.
Efficiency North’s Social Value Manager Paul Mitchell commented: “The standard of applications was again impressively high this year, with strong competition for much needed cash from excellent local projects. Efficiency North generates funding through our professional services for social housing landlords. We’re very proud that our work has seen the funding pot grow year on year and that in 6 years we’ve trebled the total we’re able to offer. The people making a real difference in their communities, in so many ingenious ways, are vital to the region’s social and economic growth.”
The EN:Able Community Investment Fund is generated through Efficiency North’s procurement frameworks for construction and maintenance schemes. The fund has given a total of over £600,000 to date and will open for its next (seventh) round of applications in August 2018. More information about the fund and a list of all 40 projects backed this year click on the logo to visit the Efficiency North website.