New energy support scheme to help community buildings stay open

Local community groups will be able to access additional support to keep their buildings open and help the most vulnerable this winter as Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Community Foundation launch a new energy fund.

The £100,000 fund will help community groups with their energy bills to ensure venues can stay open.

Councillor Mark Lygo, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Equalities, said: “The council committed to ensuring that community venues stay open this winter. This fund will continue to support the hard work of community groups, who are helping some of the most vulnerable people in the county so that rises in costs to access services are not passed on.

Zoe Sprigings, Chief Executive Officer for the Oxfordshire Community Foundation said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Oxfordshire County Council again on a further round of grants, this time to support the increased costs of running premises.  We know that community buildings are becoming hubs for everything from mutual aid to befriending to debt advice, and we really welcome this additional support to keep these spaces open for the winter.”

The funding opportunity is now open until 21 November 2022. Community groups can find out more and apply online by going to Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s website.

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