Power Partners

A community investment fund from UK Power Networks

Project duration: September 2021 ongoing

The latest round of this funding is now closed. To learn more about funding your community project, please visit our Funding page and sign up to our Communities Newsletter. If you would like further information on the Power Partners funding please email powerpartners@cse.org.uk

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 their energy resilience.

The Power Partners 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 homes and businesses and has already invested more than £670,000 on 41 projects to date.

This fifth 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 Services Register; provision of energy advice training and support for frontline workers.

This funding provides a unique opportunity for organisations to respond to identified needs of individuals or communities with specific vulnerabilities (for example, those resulting from Covid-19). UK Power Networks would particularly like to hear from organisations with proposals which demonstrate an innovate response to the increasingly pressing challenge of fuel poverty.

UK Power Networks have been working closely with their partners to keep improve the Power Partners fund year on year. They are keen to understand from local organisations what is changing in the communities they serve to ensure the funding can support projects which make a real difference to people who need help the most.

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 living on a low income and/or in properties with low energy efficiency rating 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.

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