Fundraising News: Invest to Save to put energy first

Improved energy efficiency and access to the arts have been earmarked as priority areas for the latest round of funding from the Treasury's Invest to Save - Inclusive Communities Budget.

Voluntary and non-profit organisations are among those being encouraged to bid for some of the £40m pot.

The funding criteria favour projects that support the development of energy action plans, improve energy efficiency in public buildings and raise staff awareness of the cost savings from energy efficiency. The criteria for the previous round of funding applies - these favoured health and social care for older people, support for parents and adult learning, and homeless provision. Coalitions of organisations are welcomed.

A Treasury spokeswoman said the grants will range from £41,000 to £6m and can be applied for from June.

Greenpeace welcomed the new grant criteria but said more needs to be done to promote renewable energy. A spokeswoman said: "Any scheme that promotes energy efficiency is good, but it's vital that fighting climate change isn't limited solely to energy efficiency."

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