Foundation unveils £2m fund to help grant holders improve their energy efficiency

The Wolfson Foundation has launched a £2m fund to help its grant holders become more energy efficient.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for charities that have previously been handed funding by the Foundation for initiatives such as fitting solar panels, energy efficient glazing and other sustainable refurbishment.

Applications for the Wolfson Sustainability Fund open from 30 March until 25 April.

Although no match funding is required charities are urged to make clear where additional funding will come from for projects costing over £50,000.

While there is no cap on the size of the charity the Foundation says it will “prioritise smaller organisations”.

“Examples of eligible projects include solar panels, heat pumps, green roofs, energy-efficient glazing, replacement of inefficient heating/hot water systems, and LED lighting,” the Foundation added.

“We expect to award grants to standalone environmental improvements or refurbishment works through this fund.”

This is the latest example of a grant maker looking to support grant holders’ organisation and staff, in addition to their work helping beneficiaries.

During the Covid pandemic the Tudor Trust gave more than 600 of its grantees £2,000 each to support staff and volunteer wellbeing. The money has been used for a range of help including counselling, away days and mindfulness sessions.

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