Power Partners

A community investment fund from UK Power Networks

Project duration: January 2019 ongoing

Update 12 October 2020: Round 4 of the Power Partners is now open for applications. The application deadline is midnight on 15 November 2020


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. Read more about previously funded organisations here.

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).

Round 4 of the scheme focuses funding 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 Service Register; provision of energy advice training and support for frontline workers.

Projects which support individuals or communities who are experiencing emerging vulnerabilities resulting from COVID-19 or entering into fuel poverty as a result of the pandemic will be a key focus of this round, and UK Power Networks would like to hear from organisations with proposals which demonstrate an innovate response to challenges.

In previous years the fund has also supported improvements to energy efficiency of community buildings. However in light of the COVID-19 crisis, for this round the Power Partners funding will be focused on vital support for vulnerable members of communities. This is going to be revisited for future applications as the pandemic situation evolves.

Round 4 of the Power Partners is now open for applications. The application deadline is midnight on 15 November 2020

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 or living on a low income within the UK Power Networks area.
  • Supports individuals or communities who are experiencing emerging vulnerabilities resulting from COVID-19 or entering into fuel poverty as a result of the pandemic 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.

To apply, organisations must be a registered charity or community organisation.

Please use this application form for local energy resilience projects.

Please download and read this guidance for applicants, which will help you shape your project and decide whether your organisation and your project idea is eligible for consideration. If you would like to apply, this will help you complete your application.

The deadline for all applications is midnight on Sunday 15th November 2020. Submissions should be made by email to powerpartners@cse.org.uk

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 1400 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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