WPD Affordable Warmth Local Action Fund (2016-17)

The applications for this grant closed in June 2017

Project duration: June 2016 to May 2017

Applications for this grant closed in June 2017.   

In this project, generous grant funding was given to not-for-profit organisations to undertake activities in their local area that supported vulnerable households to lower their energy bills, live in warmer homes and access support though the Priority Service Register.

Funding was provided by Western Power Distribution, while CSE administered the grants and supported the successful applicants.

The total funding pot was £60,000. Forty organisations applied, and funding was eventually distributed to the following four:

  • Central and East Northamptonshire Citizens Advice - £19,777
  • Cornwall Rural Community Charity - £19,919
  • Derbyshire Healthy Homes - £11,520
  • Disability Resource Centre - £10,000

CSE's Rachel Haycock said, "The aim was to boost other organisations' ongoing activities focussed on helping households cut their energy bills and make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. We particularly sought initiatives that supported households in fuel poverty and people with cold related health problems or who are, or could be, on the priority service register."

The kinds of activities we were looking for included

  • Delivering home visits and holding events or drop-in sessions.
  • Training frontline workers.
  • Activities which reach areas that lack similar support services.
  • Strengthening referral networks.

All successful applicants were also given access to a capacity building and mentoring programme delivered by CSE and tailored to each organisation’s needs.

To be eligible for a grant, organisations needed to be based in WPD’s network area (South West, South Wales, Midlands) and able to demonstrate experience in delivering similar support programmes. Applicants were also expected to show how the additional funds would allow them to either significantly build on what they’re currently achieving, or allow them to try a different approach.

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