Power Partners

A community investment fund from UK Power Networks

Project duration: January 2019 ongoing

UPDATE, 27 March 2020 | Round 3 of the Power Partners fund will be open for applications in early April 2020. To be notified of application dates and forms you can check this page, sign up to our enews or keep an eye on our Twitter for an announcement.

Power Partners is a £300,000 per year grant scheme offering significant support for up to 40 organisations to combat fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency and support people in vulnerable circumstances.

The Power Partners scheme is funded by UK Power Networks, the UK’s largest electricity distribution network, that owns and maintains electricity infrastructure across London, the East and South East of England. UK Power Networks delivers electricity to 8.3m homes and businesses - around a quarter of the UK population - through a network of 188,476km power lines. CSE were chosen to manage the scheme, coordinating delivery and providng ongoing support for the organisations.

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.  

Full details and criteria of the types of eligible projects will be available in the application guidance which will be published on this page when the application wndow opens.

Funded projects

Tenterden Social Hub received a Power Partners grant to improve the energy efficiency of their tired community building by installing LED lighting, three new double-glazed windows and some efficient loft insulation. The upgrades have saved the charity £800 per quarter on their gas and electricity bills, helping them to provide better care for vulnerable people in the community.

The Chair of Trustees for Tenterden Social Hub said: ‘This project has transformed our charity and without the ongoing support of organisations such as UKPN Power Partners we wouldn’t be able to make a valuable contribution to climate change.


Application forms and guidance will be published on this page when the application window opens in early April. In the meantime, please read through the below information for potential applicants.

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

Round 2 opened on 24 June 2019 and closed on 18 August 2020.

Round 3 will open for applications in April 2020. To be notified of application dates and forms you can check this page, sign up to our enews or keep an eye on our Twitter for an announcement.

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

All applicants need to show how funding will deliver new activity, particularly 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. 

To apply, 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 making 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. Publicly owned buildings are not eligible.

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