Eight not-for-profit organisations share £113,000 funding pot

5 November 2019

Eight not-for-profit organisations and community groups have been awarded a total of £113,608 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency of community spaces or support people in vulnerable circumstances.

This is a second distribution of funds from Power Partners, a community investment fund from UK Power Networks which is the company that owns and maintains electricity infrastructure in the South East, East of England and London. Click here to read about Round 1 (April 2019).

Groups were invited to apply for sums of between £2,000 and £20,000 and the applications were judged and funds distributed by CSE.

CSE's Ellie Stevens said "As before, we received many excellent applications from organisations doing great work to support people living in fuel poverty and to make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat. And it's great to be able to support eight of them with significant sums of money - up to £20,000 in some cases; enough to make a real difference."

See below for brief details of the groups who made successful applications to Power Partners:

Smarden Community Store, near Ashford, Kent (£14,376) Innovative eco-shop. Full insulation and solar panels. Will use savings (estimated £2,647) to pay for outreach officer.

Thinking Works, London (£19,975) | Training foodbank volunteers.

Epsom Ewell Foodbank, Surrey (£9,348) | Expand advice and support to foodbank users and train volunteers especially to work with the elderly.

Crew Energy, London (£13,270) | This Energy café run by UCL students will use funds to build skill base of volunteers.

Groundwork East Mill Green, Hatfield, Hertfordshire (£9,950) | Partnership with Deaf Blind UK to work with clients in isolated areas of Bury st Edmunds, Huntingdon and Peterborough.

Energise Sussex Coast, St Leonards On Sea (£15,000) | Funding to support innovative electric caravan to tour isolated communities and reach most vulnerable people. 

Public Voice CIC, Tottenham, London (£20,000) | Partnership with Haringey council and BAME, LGBQT+ and mental health charities offering phone advice and home visits. T

Holy Trinity Church, Tulse Hill, London (£11,689) | Fitting of LED bulbs (church already has solar PV). Savings to be spent towards on-going work with elderly, young offenders, debt advice etc.

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