Eight community groups and charities from around the UK have been handed grants from UK Power Networks (UKPN)’s community investment fund, Power Partners.
A total of £113,608 has been awarded through the second round of the scheme, distributed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), following an initial one in April 2019. Successful applicants include Energise Sussex Coast, which has received £15,000 to support an innovative electric caravan to tour isolated communities, seeking to reach the most vulnerable people.
The CSE awarded £14,736 to the Smarden Community Store in Kent, an innovative eco-shop which will use the funds for full insulation and solar panels. The savings will be used to pay for an outreach officer. The highest award went to Public Voice CIC, with the partnership between Haringey council and BAME, LGBQT+ and mental health charities receiving £20,000 to support its work in offering phone advice and home visits. Elsewhere, £13,270 was given to Crew Energy in London, with the energy café run by University College London using the funds to build a skill base of volunteers.
Ellie Stevens of the CSE said: “As before, we received many excellent applications from organisations doing great work to support people living in fuel poverty and to make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat. And it’s great to be able to support eight of them with significant sums of money – up to £20,000 in some cases; enough to make a real difference.”