Launch of new round of 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 affordable warmth initiatives running between November 2021 and 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 guidance documents below for details).

The Energy Affordability Fund will support activities that 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 their bills.
  3. Provide support to enable vulnerable households carry out energy-saving home improvements.
  4. Support to householders in areas of higher deprivation or not connected to the gas network, potentially using WPD’s vulnerability app.
  5. 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 homes and poor physical and mental health.

CSE's Megan Blyth is managing the project. "In the last round of funding we supported people and organisations providing affordable warmth services during the worst of the pandemic. This round, we're looking to extend our support to projects which target those at risk of not accessing services due to digital exclusion or that provide 'smart-energy' advice.

"If you have an ongoing affordable-warmth project or an ideal for a new one and aren't sure if it will qualify, please get in touch to talk it through.”

The fund is open to all organisation types, but activities must take place within the WPD network area. Organisations must be currently delivering energy advice and outreach activities (or have done in the recent past) or must they have links to organisations that give their projects credibility.

Guidance and application form:
English version
Welsh version


Applications close at midnight on 26 September 2021. 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.

 

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