New funds are available to help groups in Cornwall revamp community buildings to safeguard their future.
Through Cornwall Council's "Green Cornwall" programme groups can now apply for up to £10,000 from a Community Fund to pay to update church halls, community halls and other buildings. The aim is to shrink running costs to make buildings more sustainable.
Stephen Rushworth, the council's portfolio holder for economy and regeneration, said: "Maintaining the viability and sustainability of community assets and hubs which are important to communities throughout Cornwall is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge for many groups. Running costs for these types of establishment are often prohibitive and can become unsustainable.
"This fund aims to reduce the energy burden of these buildings predominately through supporting energy efficiency measures in assets such as community halls, sports facilities or any other community assets important to the vibrancy and social fabric of an area."
Technologies eligible for funding include biomass boiler installation, heating system and boiler upgrades, radiator upgrades, cavity or solid wall insulation, loft insulation, draft proofing and double or secondary glazing.