Launch of new round of the WPD Energy Affordability Fund

16 August 2021

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to support not-for-profit organisations seeking to help people struggling to pay for heating bills and suffering from a cold home.

The Energy Affordability Fund - funded by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and administered by CSE - will help fund the costs of innovative local affordable warmth initiatives running from November 2021 to April 2022.

This is the second year that this fund has run, and as before applicants need to be based in the WPD network area - broadly South Wales, the Midlands and the Southwest (see guides for more details).

The activities that the Energy Affordability Fund will help fund must meet one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Identify new registrants for the Priority Service Register and offer support to households already registered.
  2. Help Priority Service Register eligible households to lower and manage their bills.
  3. Provide advice and support to enable vulnerable households to carry out home improvements to make their home more energy efficient.
  4. Target home energy advice and support to householders in areas of higher deprivation or not connected to the gas network, potentially using WPD’s vulnerability app.
  5. Identify and assist vulnerable or low-income households who are digitally excluded and help them benefit from more services. 
  6. Work with healthcare providers to raise awareness of the links between cold, damp homes and poor physical and mental health.

Megan Blyth is managing the project for CSE. "In the last round of the funding, we saw lots of great innovative approaches to providing affordable warmth and PSR services during the worst of the pandemic. This round, WPD want to support organisations that are delivering – or seeking to deliver – innovative approaches to these services which continue to adapt to circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic. We’d also like to see projects that specifically target those who are at risk of not accessing services due to digital exclusion and projects that provide advice on smart energy to ensure everyone understands and benefits from the transition to a smarter energy system”.

The fund is open to all organisation types, but activities must take place within the WPD network area. To qualify for a grant, organisations must be currently delivering energy advice and outreach activities (or have done in the recent past) or if not, must demonstrate they have links to organisations that give their projects credibility.

Guidance and application form:
English version
Welsh version

Applications for the grant are now open and close at midnight on 26 September 2021. These grants will be administered by CSE. Grant recipients must be free to attend a networking and skills sharing online webinar on Wednesday 3 November 2021. For enquiries, contact us at wpdfund@cse.org.uk.