Grants awarded to local energy advice services
Four organisations share £60,000
22 August 2016
In some good news for people at risk of fuel poverty in Northamptonshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire and Birmingham, four not-for-profit organisations in these areas will receive a share of a £60,000 grant pot to run fuel poverty and priority service register projects this winter.
The money comes from the Affordable Warmth Local Action Fund 2016 which CSE administers on behalf of Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution company that operates across the Midlands, South West England and South Wales.
This new fund aims to help organisations to tackle fuel poverty and improve wellbeing, particularly through the delivery of energy advice and supporting vulnerable households in their communities. Services include guidance on energy tariff switching, saving energy, encouraging behavioural changes and income maximisation.
"Forty organisations applied for funding," said CSE's James Watt. "We whittled these down to ten, from which WPD selected the final four."
The successful applicants are:
- Central and North East Northamptonshire Citizens Advice
- Cornwall Rural Community Charity
- Derbyshire County Council’s Healthy Home Programme
- Disability Resource Centre, Birmingham
Alex Wilkes from WPD said: “We were taken aback by the volume and quality of applications but are delighted to have made the funding awards to four very worthy and capable organisations and we look forward to seeing the positive impact that these projects will have on vulnerable households in their areas.”
CSE’s involvement in the scheme means that we can share our experience in delivering household energy advice services, including WPD’s current Power Up! programme. Through funding provided by WPD, we will be supporting successful applicants by offering guidance, training and resources, sharing learning between organisations and helping develop common practices. As well as the focused training on offer to successful applicants, we’re hoping to offer some training to some of the unsuccessful applicants.