Supporting a range of energy-related projects across the region

  • Grant Range: £1,000 to £10,000
  • Closing Date: Monday 29 January 2018, 12 noon
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Northern Powergrid Partnering Communities Fund

About the Fund

Northern Powergrid has set up a new Partnering Communities Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund has an allocation of £50,000 for grants to voluntary and community projects based in the Northern Powergrid Licence areas - see the additional information about the Partnering Communities Fund from Northern Powergrid at the end of this guide, which contains important additional information about the origins and purpose of the fund.

The aim of the fund is to provide financial support to initiatives that are aimed at:

  • supporting local energy projects to get off the ground, including energy generation and collective purchasing/switching
  • alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty and promoting innovative energy-related environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon reduction solutions
  • educating and informing communities about safety in relation to energy and street works
  • encouraging interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and sector-based career opportunities
  • promoting use of the Priority Services Register, which enables free additional support to be provided to vulnerable energy consumers

 What are the fund priorities?

We are interested in all applications that support the objectives listed above. We would particularly welcome those which can demonstrate their wider environmental, social and economic benefits for the local community. These typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Boosting the local economy
  • Improving health, safety and wellbeing
  • Establishing a community benefit fund
  • Contributing to creating a greater sense of community
  • Retaining community centres
  • Raising awareness around sustainability
  • Educating about energy efficiency
  • Giving tailored advice to those who can be considered ‘hard to reach’ or vulnerable

We recognise that vulnerability is complex and the circumstances that determine vulnerability are broad. We would like applicants to tell us about the specific needs of their beneficiaries; however, we appreciate that some guidance may be useful, so the following are examples of those who may be considered more vulnerable in these areas (this is not a comprehensive list):

  • Older people
  • Parents with young or sick children
  • Individuals with a chronic illness, physical impairment or a mental health condition
  • Individuals with communication or language challenges
  • Individuals in financial hardship

(including but not limited to those in fuel poverty)

  • Individuals who are socially isolated
  • Young people not in education employment or training

 Who can apply?

The fund is open to constituted voluntary and community groups based within the operating area of the Northern Powergrid Licence areas within the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside. Applications from CICs or non-charity social enterprises will be considered, subject to the restrictions set out on the Community Foundation website, and should be discussed with us in advance.

Applications will be considered from groups collaborating with other local partners, including, but not limited to, Parish Councils, Local Authorities, Social Services and other care providers. However, the Community Foundation’s normal restrictions on funding to public and private sector bodies will apply.

 What size grants are available?

Grants are available from £1,000 to £10,000 for projects of up to one year’s duration commencing in April 2018.

 When will I get a decision?

The closing date for the fund is 29 January 2018; applicants can expect to receive a decision in March 2018, and these will be made public in April 2018. 

What other support is available?

Northern Powergrid is running an open application process to ensure it captures as many projects as possible, with a representative mix across the Fund priorities.

You may have an idea but need additional support to deliver it, therefore Northern Powergrid is also offering to support applicants in kind with training, information materials and networking opportunities related directly to community energy, energy efficiency, the Priority Services Register, STEM subjects or fuel poverty. This means you do not need to be an expert in these areas in order to apply, as we can provide briefings or training if needed. Just be sure to state if you would like this additional support in your application. 

Specifically for electricity generation projects, Northern Powergrid runs monthly surgeries where customers can discuss connection issues. You can self-register for a ‘Major Works Customer Surgery’ on the Events page of the Northern Powergrid website.

There will also be the opportunity for successful applicants to attend a networking event where relevant training and materials will be made available. 

 How to apply

Applications must be made using the Northern Powergrid Partnering Communities Fund application form, click the Apply Online button.

Applications made on our standard application form will not be accepted.

Applications must be submitted to the Community Foundation by 12 noon on 29 January 2018.

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