Fundraising News: Green groups from two counties given July grant deadline

Green charities in Cumbria and Lancashire have until the end of July to apply for grants of up to £1,000.

The money is available to organisations that run local renewable energy projects. They must use the money to evaluate the feasibility of installing, powering and maintaining community-based renewable energy schemes that benefit the two counties.

Claren, the Countryside Agency's community renewable initiative for the area, is providing the grants.

"Applications are welcome from organisations or groups keen on the idea of installing clean energy and taking advantage of the benefits of such schemes to the community," said Claren spokeswoman Elizabeth Bruce.

Among the projects Claren has already funded are a study to investigate the feasibility of heating a swimming pool at a Lancashire residential centre with a biomass or wood boiler, and assessing whether a Cumbrian village hall should install a wind turbine or solar panels to power a heat pump.

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