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Power of giving boosts community projects

Charities across East Anglia, London and the South-East are celebrating today thanks to a cash boost from a power-packed community fund.

From Press releases - 10 July 2014 12:00 AM

Charities across East Anglia, London and the South-East are celebrating today thanks to a cash boost from a power-packed community fund. 

The UK Power Networks Power of Giving Fund has ploughed more than £180,000 into 21 different projects which aim to improve communities across the area it serves.

The cash comes from a £300,000 pot of money which is aimed at contributing to community projects, particularly those which enhance energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.

Judging of applications takes place twice a year.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to eight million people in the East of England, London and the South East.

A special awards event was held this week on HMS Belfast in London for all the successful charities and community groups which applied for the grants of up to £10,000.

Successful groups were:

Royal Association for Deaf People - £9,867.90 towards an e-learning project to help deaf people with energy efficiency.

Royal Voluntary Service (Hertfordshire) - £9995 towards training 10 new volunteers to give practical advice to older people about energy efficiency.

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust - £10,000 towards returning a rare wetland habitat to its former glory at Lemsford Springs in Hertfordshire.

Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau - £7673.60 to help them train a specialist advisor to address fuel poverty.

The Suffolk Befriending Scheme - £10,000 to help provide a coaching and mentoring service to support people affected by fuel poverty.

Groundwork London - £10,000 towards an educational programme on environmental issues and energy efficiency in Wandsworth.

Arlington Association – £2,000 towards funding a community garden in north London.

Age UK, London - £9,800 towards 12 events across London promoting and advising on energy efficiency and addressing fuel poverty.

Home Energy Efficiency Training (London) - £10,000 towards a project which helps residents address fuel poverty with support measures such as advocacy, advice, training and practical work.

Black Arts Productions Theatre Ltd (London) - £9950 towards the production of a drama programme raising awareness around non-renewable energy sources, aimed at hard to reach communities.

Wandsworth Citizens Advice Bureau - £10,000 to help advisors develop expertise in energy efficiency and sources of support for people in fuel poverty.

East Potential (London) - £9995 towards a project to combat fuel poverty through peer support with a team of community environmental champions.

Lewisham Citizens Advice Bureau - £8690 to help stage a series of roadshows across Lewisham to help address fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

Bio Regional - £10,000 to help create a community garden in Wallington.

Groundwork South (Kent and Medway area) - £6615 for a project that will work with eight primary schools and the local community to raise awareness about energy issues.

Forward St Leonards Ltd - £9525 towards retro-fitting an art deco building in innovative ways to meet energy efficiency and climate change mitigation demands of the 21st Century.

Tunbridge Wells and District Citizens Advice Bureau - £7773 to create an advice ambassador role to promote energy advice to rural communities.

Sussex Wildlife Trust - £9950 for the energy efficient wildlife power garden.

Gazen Salts Nature Reserve - £10,000 to restore and create woodland, wetland and grassland in Kent.

Dartford Citizens Advice Bureau - £10,000 towards the EELS Project to provide energy switching advice to disabled members of the community.

UK Power Networks set up the Power of Giving Fund in June 2013 and so far has allocated more than £400,000 for successful community projects.

Matt Rudling, UK Power Networks’ Director of Customer Services, who handed over the grants at a ceremony in London this week (July 8), said: “We are delighted to award this money.

“Community projects like these 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.”

Any local group, based in the areas that UK Power Networks covers, can apply for the Power of Giving Fund, providing they fulfil one of the following criteria:

• A registered charity
• A not for profit community organisation
• A parish or town council
• A social enterprise
• A not-for-profit educational establishment

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.