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Sustainability Solutions for Sheffield Communities and Charities

Professional Energy People have been appointed as specialist advisors for the Sheffield City Council led Low Carbon Community and Culture Project.

This funding will help charities, community groups, and not-for-profit social enterprises delivering community or cultural activities from public facing premises in Sheffield to reduce their energy and carbon emissions.

Our specialist advisors will guide organisations through every stage of the process including:

  • helping you understand your energy usage

  • providing a free energy survey to show you how much energy you use now and how you could save energy

  • helping you to understand the results of the survey and how you could fund improvements, including whether you could apply for a grant through the project

About the grants 

As part of the project, organisations will have the chance to apply for funding to help pay for eligible energy-saving changes identified in their survey.

For projects costing up to £20,000

  • you can apply for a grant to cover up to 100% of the project cost

  • you can apply for up to £15,000

For projects costing more than £20,000

  • you can apply for a grant to cover up to 75% of the project cost 

  • you can apply for between £15,000 and £25,000

If there is enough funding available, they may be able to explore grants of more than £25,000 in exceptional cases.

If your grant covers less than 100% of your project cost, your organisation will need to be able to cover the remaining cost in other ways.

To be eligible to take part in the scheme, you must:

  • be an organisation, or group of organisations, delivering community or cultural activity from public facing premises in Sheffield (this includes charities, community groups and not-for-profit social enterprises)

  • deliver services or activities out of buildings used mainly for community or cultural purposes

  • be able to provide 12 months’ energy bills (or however many months you’ve been in your premises, if less than 12 months)

  • if you are a business, you must have had less than £315,000 Minimal Financial Assistance subsidy over the last 3 years (ask us about this if you’re not sure)

  • if you are a tenant, you must have the approval of your landlord to make changes to the building

  • the premises you operate from must be public-facing, such as being accessible by the community

If you are a group of organisations, you must be able to identify one lead organisation who will hold the grant and be accountable for it. You must also be able to explain how and why the organisations are working together.

To find out more including whether you qualify for support, please contact Business Sheffield on 0114 224 5000 or email 

The Low Carbon Community and Culture Project has received £2,198,900 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


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