Power Partners

A community investment fund from UK Power Networks

Project duration: January 2019 ongoing

UPDATE, 23 April 2020 | Round 3 of the Power Partners is now open for applications.

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.

Power Partners is a £300,000 per year grant scheme offering significant support to help organisations to fuel poverty across communities and to innovate and create connections with vulnerable people.

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 administer the fund, which provides grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to not-for-profit organisations in UK Power Network’s region (see map).

Applications are now open for Round 3 of the Power Partners scheme, the application deadline is midnight on 31 May 2020.

We are pleased to be able to launch a third round of Power Partners, which is currently open to applications and will consider submissions on a first come, first served basis until the 31 May deadline.

Please note, in previous years the fund has also supported improvements to energy efficiency of community buildings. However in light of the Covid19 crisis, this round of the Power Partners funding has been repurposed to support organisations who have found new ways to help people facing fuel poverty, particularly given restrictions on travel and social contact.

This funding round focuses on income maximisation for vulnerable households which is not restricted to, but could include 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. We are also keen to hear from organisations with proposals for more innovative responses to supporting vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

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.

For help to complete and submit your application, or if any reasonable adjustment needs to be made so that it is possible for you to submit an application, please email powerpartners@cse.org.uk or if your enquiry can't be emailed, phone CSE on 0117 934 1422 and ask to speak to Bridget Newbery, Graham McGrath or Nick Stromberg about UK Power Networks' Power Partners.

Previously 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.

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