As part of Sheffield City Council’s city goal to reduce carbon emissions and create a sustainable city, £2.3 million has been assigned to benefit cultural and community buildings.

The project, which will run until March 2025, aims to support 140 organisations to reduce their energy bills.

This grant, which is part-funded by the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund, will identify possible saving improvements and help venues invest in solutions to reduce energy costs. Organisations will also benefit from one-to-one advice and support.

Councillor Martin Smith said: “This project brings together the support of specialist advisors to help organisations identify effective changes, with grants to bring those changes into action.

“It will give organisations the confidence and support they need to make sustainable changes, something that is crucial if we are to look after our planet and let our business and communities thrive.”

One of the venues benefiting from this funding is the Cupola Contemporary Art gallery, and have saved on energy costs by installing insulation, lower ceilings and motion sensor lighting. 

Karen Sherwood, the founder and owner of Cupola Contemporary Art, said: “I felt I was talking to somebody who understood what I might not know. Without support and match funding, I wouldn’t have been able to implement the same programme of improvements.”

The Council is currently taking applications from organisations to receive the funding.