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Don’t miss out on chance for a powerful cash boost

Time is running out for charities and community groups to apply for their share of a £300,000 cash grant.

From Press releases - 22 October 2014 12:00 AM

Time is running out for charities and community groups to apply for their share of a £300,000 cash grant.

The deadline for the UK Power Networks Power of Giving is on October 27 2014 and organisations are now being urged to apply for their chance of a grant of up to £10,000 to boost their coffers.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to eight million people in London, the South East (Surrey, Sussex and Kent) and the East of England (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and part of Buckinghamshire.)

The fund is allocated in equal measure to the three areas UK Power Networks covers, so schemes in each area are eligible for one third, or £100,000 of the total fund.

Any charity, community group or council based in the areas that UK Power Networks covers, can apply.

Successful projects need to link in to at least one of the following themes:

• Managing the transition to low carbon economy
• Eradicating fuel poverty and protecting vulnerable customers
• Promote energy saving
• Ensure a secure and reliable gas and electricity supply
• Supporting improvements in all aspects of the environment

The fund, was set up in June 2013, and so far has already allocated nearly £300,000 for successful projects in the past year.

Once applications are shortlisted, a panel of experts made up of representatives from UK Power Networks, The British Red Cross, Natural England and National Energy Action, will decide who will be successful.

UK Power Networks’ Director of Customer Services, Matt Rudling, said: “Since the launch of this initiative we have seen some wonderful projects come forward, with some original and innovative ideas on how to help the communities we serve across our three regions.

“I would really encourage groups to start applying and get involved in this fund and we’ll be on hand to guide people through the process and provide as much information as we can to help local groups with their submissions. This can make a real difference to those that need support the most.”
 To apply for the fund go to www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and click on the community section.