WPD Affordable Warmth Local Action Fund (2016-17)

The applications for this grant closed in June 2017.

Project duration: June 2016 to May 2017

The applications for this grant closed in June 2017. We'll report back shortly with details of the organisations who received grants and how their projects are going. 

Generous grant funding is available to not-for-profit organisations to undertake activities in their local area – ones that support vulnerable households to lower their energy bills, live in warmer homes and access support though the Priority Service Register. CSE are working alongside funding-providers, Western Power Distribution, to administer grants and support successful applicants.

The total funding pot is £60,000, with grants available in two-tiers:

  • a small grant of up to £10,000 open to all;
  • a large grant of up to £20,000 available to those who can demonstrate a significant scale of activity, over a larger catchment area.

The aim of the scheme is to support activities that help households to cut their energy costs and make energy efficiency improvements. We're seeking projects that support vulnerable households, such as those in fuel poverty, people with cold related health problems, or customers who are, or could be, on the Priority Service Register. Funded activities can include:

  • Delivering home visits and holding events or drop-in sessions
  • Training frontline workers
  • Activities which reach areas that lack similar support services
  • Providing staff training
  • Strengthening referral networks

All successful applicants will also have access to a capacity building and mentoring programme delivered by CSE, and tailored to each organisation’s needs.

More details of what kind of work is eligible are included in the application form (Microsoft Word download).

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a grant, organisations will need to be based in WPD’s network area, which covers much of the South West, South Wales and the Midlands (you can check this here). You will also need to demonstrate experience in delivering similar support programmes. Applicants must show how funded activities will either significantly build on what they’re currently achieving, or allow them to try a different approach to support that wouldn’t be possible without this funding.

Organisations must be legally incorporated, but unincorporated organisations may apply if they team up with a larger organisation. Statutory bodies and private entities will be eligible if they can demonstrate a significant need for the funding.

CSE’s involvement in the scheme means that we can share our experience in delivering household energy advice services, including WPD’s current ‘Power Up!’ programme. We will support successful applicants by offering guidance, training and resources, share learning between organisations and help develop common practices.

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