New role available as part of exciting Low Carbon Barrow project

AN exciting new role has opened up to help Barrow’s communities move towards a low carbon future.

Barrow Borough Council secured £2 million in grant funding from Cumbria LEP and the European Regional Development Fund last year for a series of innovative projects which aim to reduce carbon emissions across the borough while supporting its economic growth.

Now, the search is on to fill the role of Environmental Grants Manager - who will showcase the value and benefit of investments in low carbon technologies and help businesses and organisations across the area to apply for grant funding to implement them.

The part time role will be based at the Barrow premises of Art Gene and will involve working closely with the project and finance team at Barrow Borough Council as the accountable body for the funds.

Barrow Borough Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 following a unanimous vote by elected members.


Members of the full council went on to adopt a Low Carbon Barrow Action Plan in June 2020 which confirmed 2037 as the target date in which the borough aims to achieve carbon neutrality. 


Among the projects to be delivered by Art Gene through Low Carbon Barrow is Bug Out, an artist-designed environmentally friendly demonstration vehicle to engage communities in climate issues.


Art Gene will also run Extreme Views: Real Barrow, No more hot air, a series of climate engagement events over the next two years.


These will be in addition to projects provided through the wider Low Carbon Barrow initiative which include installing low carbon alternative technologies on Piel Island, making Barrow’s public buildings more energy efficient with LED lighting and secondary glazing, and offering a new electric charging infrastructure in the borough.

The role of Environmental Grants Manager is fixed term (two years) and 2.5 days per week. Applications must be submitted by the closing date of Monday, May 31 at 9am.

To apply, please send your C.V and a letter of application outlining how your knowledge, experience, skills and abilities will bring added value to the Environmental Grants Manager role as specified in the job description as well as to the wider Art Gene team.

Please attach an Equal Opportunities monitoring form. All information you supply will be treated confidentially and in line with GDPR.

Applications should be emailed to or posted to Art Gene, Bath Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5TY.

Shortlisted applications will be invited for interview on Zoom during the week commencing June 7.

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Notes to editors

The project is receiving up to £980,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

Piel Island is owned by Barrow Borough Council. 

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