Clwyd West MS Darren Millar is encouraging not-for-profit clubs and community organisations in the constituency to take advantage of new funding available to help sports clubs save money by becoming more energy efficient.
Clubs can apply for an Energy Saving Grant from Sports Wales of up to £25,000 which can be used towards the cost of energy-saving measures such as the installation of solar panels or better insulation.
Clubs who are successful with their applications will not only benefit from reduced utility bills so that they can become more financially sustainable, but they’ll also be doing their bit for the environment.
Explaining the new Energy Saving Grant further, Brian Davies, CEO of Sport Wales, said:
“We want to help support strong sustainable clubs so that they can continue to benefit the communities they serve by providing affordable activities.
“Sports clubs that run premises continue to feel the effects of the cost of living crisis, so we’re really pleased to be able to support their ideas for reducing their energy consumption which could save them significant amounts of money in both the short and long term.”
“This is a great opportunity for clubs in Conwy and Denbighshire and I encourage them to apply.
“As well as funding solar panels and insulation, the new grants can also be used for installing energy efficient LED lighting and motion sensors, improving heating and hot water systems, as well as sustainable water sourcing.”
To apply, clubs need to complete a stage 1 application form between Tuesday 16 May and Wednesday 28 June 2023. This is done online via the Energy Saving Grant page where, importantly, they will be fully guided through the process.
Crucially, clubs who apply for the funding must either own their building or have a minimum 10-year lease. They will also be expected to contribute a minimum of 20% towards their total project costs.