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Grant will help energise drive to fight fuel poverty

An East Sussex community centre and school are to benefit from a power-packed grant to help them save energy and educate others.

From Press releases - 17 April 2014 12:00 AM

An East Sussex community centre and school are to benefit from a power-packed grant to help them save energy and educate others.

Energise Sussex Coast, a social enterprise set up to help the community save energy and tackle fuel poverty, applied for a £10,000 grant from electricity distributor UK Power Networks’  Power of Giving fund.

From a pot of £100,000 it offers funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 for community projects, particularly those which focus on improving the environment and saving energy.

The judging panel meets twice yearly and people are now being urged to apply before the next deadline of April 30.

The charity is one of the first recipients of the cash which will help launch a project to turn Glenleigh Park Academy and Bexhill Community Centre into community energy hubs.

This could help drive down fuel poverty in the area by demonstrating a range of renewable energy options, as well as giving energy saving tips.

An energy audit of both buildings has shown lots of ways that they can save energy, from installing LED lights to insulating walls and lofts.

Richard Watson, Director of Energise Sussex Coast said: " This grant has been brilliant for us and the school and youth centre are very excited about the way this can help them reduce their own costs and give them extra resources for education.

“They also want to build the energy lessons into the curriculum and we want to measure the ripple effect this has on the community.”

UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity to about eight million homes and businesses in the South East, London and East Anglia, launched the Power of Giving grants in 2013.

UK Power Networks Director of Customer Services, Matt Rudling said: “We are delighted to award this money.

“Community projects, such as the one set up by Energise Sussex Coast, are so important, and require a lot of hard work and dedication from all those involved. The Power of Giving Fund is our way of giving something back to the communities where we live and work.”

Full details of the scheme, including eligibility criteria and application form, are available on UK Power Networks’ website here or by writing to: Sustainability Team, UK Power Networks The Power of Giving scheme, 237 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 6NP