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Community Matters Fund (Fuel Poverty 2023) is now open for applications

Published: 1st November 2023

This winter, National Grid’s electricity distribution business has teamed up with Localgiving to deliver grants to charitable organisations tackling fuel poverty in their communities.

With the increase in fuel costs and the cost of living, many families will find paying their bills a struggle at this time of year. And in response to the continued need for support and application levels for previous funds, we are proud to be distributing £5 million this winter.

Registered charities, non-profit companies limited by guarantee, or statutory bodies can apply for up to £10,000; constitutes charitable organisation with no charity number can apply for up to £2,000.

But hurry, the deadline is Friday 10th November!

The Fuel Poverty fund aims to support economically disadvantaged areas and to target grassroots organisations that serve historically underrepresented and marginalised groups. Applications which achieve a long-term impact by helping beneficiaries save money on their household energy bills on an ongoing, sustainable basis are especially encouraged.

Successful projects will need to meet one of the following themes:

  • Helping individuals to access energy tariff advice or support accessing schemes, including, but not limited to, winter fuel discounts and Social Fund schemes.
  • Providing energy efficiency or heating solutions to people living in fuel poverty.
  • Operating a “warm bank” in a community building.
  • Improving energy efficiency in a community building used as a warm space.
  • Providing warm packs to vulnerable households e.g. radiator bleed keys, heavy curtains, blankets, radiator foil, etc.
  • Innovative approach to combating fuel poverty. 

Organisations that complete applications will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of November 2023. Projects must be delivered and funding spent by 31st March 2024.

You can apply for a grant at: 

Page last updated: Wednesday 1st November 2023 9:35 AM

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