Applications open for Round four of the Power Partners scheme

The application deadline is midnight on November 15, 2020

12 October 2020

We are pleased to announce that after three successful rounds since January 2019, UK Power Networks is once again launching Power Partners, which is now open to applications until November 15.

Not-for-profit organisations and community groups are invited to apply for sums of between £2,000 and £20,000 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty, or support people in vulnerable circumstances by increasing energy resilience.

The £300,000 per year community investment fund comes from UK Power Networks, the company that owns and maintains electricity infrastructure in the South East, East of England and London distributing power to 8.3 million customers.

This funding round focuses on support services such as income maximisation, energy efficiency advice and interventions, tariff switching and time of use tariff awareness, new registrations for the Priority Service Register; provision of energy advice training and support for frontline workers.

Projects which support individuals or communities who are experiencing emerging vulnerabilities resulting from COVID-19 or entering into fuel poverty as a result of the pandemic will be a key focus of this round, and UK Power Networks would like to hear from organisations with proposals which demonstrate an innovate response to challenges.

In previous years the fund has also supported improvements to energy efficiency of community buildings. However in light of the COVID-19 crisis, for this round the Power Partners funding will be focused on vital support for vulnerable members of communities. This is going to be revisited for future applications as the pandemic situation evolves.

How to apply

All applicants need to show how funding will deliver new activity, particularly the following:

  • Supports hard-to-reach or seldom-heard communities within the UK Power Networks areas (London, the South East and East of England).
  • Supports people in vulnerable circumstances or living on a low income within the UK Power Networks area.
  • Supports individuals or communities who are experiencing emerging vulnerabilities resulting from COVID-19 or entering into fuel poverty as a result of the pandemic within the UK Power Networks area.
  • Supports people living in areas with high levels of deprivation within the UK Power Networks area.
  • Helps to address fuel poverty, increase energy awareness, reduce energy demand and/or access the benefits associated with low carbon technologies and smart tariffs.
  • Could be replicated or scaled up.
  • Could be recognised as best practice or innovative.

To apply, organisations must be a registered charity or community organisation.

Please use this application form for local energy resilience projects.

Please download and read this guidance for applicants, which will help you shape your project and decide whether your organisation and your project idea is eligible for consideration. If you would like to apply, this will help you complete your application.

The deadline for all applications is midnight on Sunday 15 November 2020. Submissions should be made by email to powerpartners@cse.org.uk

For help to complete and submit your application, or if any reasonable adjustment needs to be made so that it is possible for you to submit an application, please email powerpartners@cse.org.uk or if your enquiry can't be emailed, phone CSE on 0117 934 1400 and ask to speak to Bridget Newbery, Graham McGrath or Nick Stromberg about UK Power Networks' Power Partners.

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