Easterside Partnership is hoping to secure enough support to land a £12,500 boost from the Marks and Spencer Community Energy Fund.
The scheme is one of seven across the North East hoping to secure the public’s backing and land the cash – votes can be cast via ecoeasterside.com
If successful, the Easterside project will see the installation of solar panels and LED lighting at the community centre and shops, improving both energy efficiency and safety.
Easterside has been at the forefront of the drive to achieve cuts in carbon emissions at a local level, becoming a community testbed in 2010 and installing solar panels and school wind turbines thanks to a £400,000 government grant.
Dennis Reeves, Warmer Homes Project Officer with Middlesbrough Environment City which is leading the initiative, said: “The support’s been fantastic so far and we’re in the lead, but we still need as many votes as possible if we are to secure this important grant.
“The money will enable us to install solar panels and LED lighting at the Community Hub, and these will also help to power the CCTV cameras.
“The scheme will reduce energy costs and make the centre more efficient and effective for the local community.”
To vote in support of the Easterside project, visit ecoeasterside.com
Voting closes at the end of September.