Power Partners

A community investment fund from UK Power Networks

Project duration: January 2019 ongoing

UPDATE, 24 June 2019 | Round 2 of the Power Partners fund is now open. The deadline for applications is midnight on 18 August 2019.

CSE has been chosen to manage a new (£300,000 per year) grant scheme which will give significant support to up to 40 organisations to combat fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency and support people in vulnerable circumstances.

Power Partners is funded by UK Power Networks, the UK’s largest electricity distribution network, that owns and maintains electricity infrastructure in the South East, East of England and London. UK Power Networks delivers electricity to 8.3m homes and businesses - around a quarter of the UK population - through a network of 170,000km of power lines.

The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations in UK Power Network’s region (see map). Grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 are available for projects that deliver outcomes in the following two categories:

  1. Income maximisation for vulnerable households through face-to-face energy efficiency advice, including 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. 
  2. CO2 and financial savings and energy efficiency improvements for popular community spaces achieved through the installation of insulation, low-energy lighting and appliances, heating upgrades or renewable technologies.  

You can read the full criteria of the two types of projects in this guidance document.

Round 1 opened for applications on 17 January 2019 and closed on 18 February.

Round 2 opened on 24 June 2019 and deadline for applications is midnight on 18 August 2019.. Check this page or our enews or Twitter for an announcement.

Application forms

If you're applying for the energy efficient community space grant, you will need to complete this energy survey for your building.

Applications will need to show how funding will deliver new activity, particularly where this does the following:

  • Supports hard-to-reach or seldom-heard communities.
  • Supports people in vulnerable circumstances or living on a low income.
  • Supports people living in areas with high levels of deprivation within the UK Power Networks area (London, South East and East of England).
  • Could be replicated or scaled up.
  • Could be recognised as best practice or innovative.
  • Helps to reduce energy demand.
  • Supports low carbon technologies. 

Eligible organisations must be a registered charity or community organisation.

Organisations applying for funds for an energy efficiency advice project must either be currently delivering an energy advice project or be able to demonstrate that they have delivered one within the past two years or must be able to demonstrate relevant links to another organisation (e.g. Citizens Advice or a healthcare provider) that give the project credibility.

Applications for energy efficiency improvements to a community space must be for a building regularly used by a wide cross-section of the community for a range of activities. Publically owned buildings are not eligible.

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