Western Power Distribution’s Community Matters Fund

Western Power Distribution has teamed up with Localgiving to deliver its Community Matters Fund. The fund will provide £500,000 to support charitable organisations in their response to fuel poverty.

Western Power Distribution distributes electricity to 8 million customers across an area covering the Midlands, South Wales and South West. Funding is available for non-profit and statutory organisations based in these locations. You can check if your organisation is eligible here.

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The application period has now closed and we are in the process of reviewing applications. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 14th December 2021.

If you haven’t applied this time, please keep an eye out for future funding opportunities. You can find out information about this fund via the documents below.

 

As the largest electricity Distribution Network Operator in the UK, Western Power Distribution is committed to supporting the communities it serves and its local environment.

As part of its long-term commitment to its communities, WPD has promised to deliver a shareholder-funded, annual £1m support fund for local community initiatives and good causes over the next five years. Its Community Matters funding programme builds on the £1 million Covid response fund it delivered last year to support its vulnerable customers through the pandemic. You can find out more about the Community Matters Fund here.

This winter, the company is launching the first phase of its new programme with a £500,000 fund, focusing on providing help and support to grassroot community groups tackling fuel poverty.

Now, more than ever, fuel poverty is impacting the most vulnerable in our communities and WPD wants to provide immediate local support to its customers.

The Community Matters Fund is looking to support projects addressing fuel poverty that fit within the following themes:

  • Supporting individuals to access support with fuel payments, including, but not limited to, accessing winter fuel discounts and Social Fund schemes
  • Providing energy tariff advice and switching
  • Providing energy efficiency or heating solutions
  • Expanding existing services that work to combat fuel poverty
  • Training for staff or volunteers to look out for signs of fuel poverty among their clients or to complete qualifications, such as City and Guild Level 3 in Energy Awareness
  • Supporting individuals or small businesses to access information about low carbon technologies (e.g. solar panels, electric vehicle chargers, heat pumps etc.)
  • Innovative approach to combating fuel poverty

If you have any further questions about the Community Matters Fund please contact our Help Desk on help@localgiving.org.