People’s Postcode Lottery is helping to energise the Sussex coast

…£2,000 of funding will bring green business hub to life…

Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery are helping breath life into a local community focussed green enterprise hub in East Sussex.

Energise Sussex Coast, a local energy co-op, has received £2,000 worth of funding to bring its community focused green business hub to life, thanks to players of the postcode lottery.

By installing solar roof panels on its St Leonards based office building, Energise Sussex Coast aims to create a zero-carbon building, while also establishing a hub for other community businesses in the area.

There will be solar panels on the roof of Energise Sussex Coast’s offices.

The ground floor of its office area will be given over to a craft and makers’ zone, community kitchen, bike hire and repair lab and a cycling café, while the other floor will hold collaborative office and training space.

Grant funding for this green-minded community initiative has been welcomed by Hastings and Rye MP Sally-Ann Hart who said: “This project will be a fantastic addition to the local community. As well as generating clean energy, supporting the town’s goal of being zero carbon in the next decade, it will also provide workshops, training and learning opportunities for local businesses, while the public area will provide a space for people to come together, meet and socialise.

“A huge thank you to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.”

Katherine Sellar, Community Programmes Advisor at People’s Postcode Lottery added: “It’s not just players that win with People’s Postcode Lottery – charities do too. Funding, raised thanks to players, is making a real difference to communities throughout Britain. This money will support Energise Sussex Coast in creating a bustling space for the community and local businesses to collaborate, learn and thrive.”

Last year, more than £8 million raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery was distributed to grassroots projects across Britain.

The next opportunity for local charities and good causes to apply for funding will be in August 2020. Funding is available through three trusts, with each supporting projects focused on different themes. Those interested in local funding opportunities can find out more by visiting the trusts’ websites:

www.postcodetrust.org.uk

www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

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