16 not-for-profit organisations share £250,000 funding pot

23 April 2019

Sixteen not-for-profit organisations and community groups have been awarded a total of £250,000 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency of community spaces or support people in vulnerable circumstances.

The payments have been distributed by CSE through Power Partners, a community investment fund from UK Power Networks, the company that owns and maintains electricity infrastructure in the South East, East of England and London.

CSE's Ellie Stevens said "It's very rewarding to be able to distribute sizeable amounts of money - up to £20,000 in some cases - to organisations doing so much to alleviate fuel poverty and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat."

And some of the beneficiaries of the funds have been equally fulsome. Here are some responses from the organisations who were given funding:

  • “We are so delighted to have been successful and thanks to Power Partners we will be able to transform Elizabeth House into a 'green building' for the community.”
  • “Thank you for the wonderful news. We have really enjoyed our relationship with UKPN of the last few years and we are delighted that this will be continuing.”
  • “That is amazing and thank you for sending me such an uplifting email. Everything that we are trying to do is only possible with the tremendous support of organisations like yours and I am so appreciative of it.”

The payments were made in two areas: the income maximisation of vulnerable households - for example though tariff switching or the provision of energy advice training - and the energy efficiency improvement of community spaces through the installation of insulation, low-energy lighting, solar panels and so on.

Groups could apply for sums of between £2,000 and £20,000, and a second round of Power Partners funding will be announced later this year.

See below for brief details of the lucky groups.

Successful community space projects

  • Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket (£18,000) | Solar panels and digital educational display within museum and community facility.
  • Citizens Advice North East Suffolk, Lowestoft (£20,000) | Energy efficient heating system and LED lighting.
  • Siddons Christian Centre, ARCA generation, Harringey (£6,516) | Double glazing to improve heat retention and reduce noise.
  • Tenterden Social Hub, Ashford (£16,968) | LED lighting, window replacement, secondary glazing, loft insulation.
  • Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust, Highbury (£20,000) | Solar panels and educational digital display 
  • CREW-Devas Club, Battersea (£20,000) | LED lighting and building management system to control heating and lighting through motion sensors.
  • Weeley Village Hall, Clacton-on-sea, Essex (£2,000) | LED lighting.

Successful Energy Advice Projects

  • Groundwork London (£19,873) | Working with SEND schools and young carers to target advice to vulnerable groups in London.
  • South East London Community Energy, Greenwich (£20,000) | Training and supporting older people through energy cafes. 
  • Home Energy Efficiency Training (HEET), Walthamstow (£19,600) | Training NHS and front-line workers, one-to-one advice, home visits and small measures.
  • Peterborough Environment City Trust (£19,182) | Partnership with Luminus housing group offering home visits, one-to-one advice and small measures to vulnerable tenants.
  • Bromley-By-Bow Centre, Tower Hamlets (£19,888) | One-to-one appointments at GP surgeries for vulnerable people.
  • National Energy Foundation, Milton Keynes (£18,822) | Energy advice and outreach in Aylesbury and Chesham, plus training.
  • Forest Row Energy, Wealden, Sussex (£11,000) | Mapping of fuel poverty and deprivation followed by targeted outreach.
  • North West Kent Citizens Advice, Tonbridge, Kent (£14,600) | Advice service through events, workshops and one-to-one advice.
  • deafPLUS, Tower Hamlets, London (£8,002) | Training deaf advisors to give advice to this very specific client group.

A second round of Power Partners funding will be announced later this year. Stay tuned for details ...