17 Sep 2021

North West

£75,000 energy fund up for grabs in the North West

Thousands of pounds worth of funding is now available to groups and organisations throughout the North West.

Today, power network operator, Electricity North West, has launched its popular Powering our Communities fund.

The fund, worth a bumper £75,000, is available to groups and organisations who want to develop or expand their own energy projects.

“It’s always an exciting time to launch the Powering our Communities fund,” said Helen Seagrave, Electricity North West’s community energy manager.

“Applications have grown from strength-to-strength year-on-year and I think that’s because people are starting to put community and local energy at the heart of their communities.

“We know the energy landscape is constantly evolving and changing, the region has ambitious net zero targets to hit and community energy will play a huge part in ensuring those targets are met.”

Now in its fourth year, groups and organisations in the region have already benefitted from more than £200,000 worth of funding.

Applications can be submitted by any type of organisation including community benefit societies, industrial provident societies, charities, schools or local authorities if they can demonstrate the community involvement or local benefit of their project. 

Projects in partnership with organisations such as local authorities and businesses will also be accepted if it is clear what control and benefit the local community has as a result of the project.

Funding up to £15,000 per project is available as Electricity North West want to target projects which investigate or pilot new business models or ways of working, scale up delivery of a community or local energy project or group or projects that address specific barriers that are holding back the development of community or local energy.

Applications for the fund must be submitted by November 5th and successful applicants will be notified in January 2022.

 To find out more and apply, please visit www.enwl.co.uk/funding.  

Notes to editors

  • Electricity North West is the electricity distribution network operator for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, as well as parts of North Cheshire and Derbyshire.
  • Our key workers maintain the region’s vast network of underground cables and overhead power lines, keeping us all connected to the grid.
  • Net zero: Our ‘Leading the North West to net zero’ plan sets out how we’re decarbonising our own operations and investing in the network to help the rest of the region decarbonise too.
  • Business Plan: In July 2021 we submitted a £2bn investment plan to energy regulator Ofgem for 2023-2028. See more at www.enwl.co.uk/businessplan.
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