WPD Energy Affordability Grant - launch of new round

21 July 2020

Great news for community groups doing fuel poverty work! The second round of the Western Power Distribution (WPD) Energy Affordability Fund is open for applications.

The first round of the Energy Affordability Fund grant scheme ran in late 2018. Six community-focused organisations shared over £75,000 to be spend on initiatives that support fuel poor people and households, particularly by giving energy advice and services connected to the Priority Services Register. CSE administered the fund and you can read about it here

The new round of funding will again support not-for-profit organisations in delivering innovative affordable warmth or Priority Service Register services, though this time adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic and developing new ways of working to support vulnerable customers effectively while maintaining safe social distancing.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £20,000 to help fund the costs of activities running from October 2020-April 2021 that:

  • Identify new registrants for the Priority Service Register and offering support to households already registered.
  • Help eligible for the Priority Service Register to lower and manage their bills.
  • Provide advice and support to enable vulnerable households to carry out home energy efficiency improvements.
  • Target home energy advice and support to householders in higher-deprivation neighbourhoods and in areas not connected to the gas network, potentially using WPD’s vulnerability app.
  • Working with healthcare providers to raise awareness of the links between cold, damp homes and poor physical and mental health.

Rachel Haycock is managing the project for CSE. "WPD want to support organisations that are delivering – or seeking to deliver – innovative approaches to providing affordable warmth and PSR services in ways which adapt to new circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic. We appreciate that most of these new approaches will be remote services offered online, but we'd also like to encourage any ideas that engage people who are at risk of not accessing services due to digital exclusion."

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

Application form 
Click here for the file in Welsh
Click here for the file in English

Applications for the grant are now open and close at midnight on Sunday 23 August 2020. These grants will be administered by CSE. Grant recipients must be free to attend a networking and skills sharing online webinar on Friday 2 October 2020.

For enquiries, contact us at wpdfund@cse.org.uk

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