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Funding opportunity - Western Power Distribution Community Chest

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Mon, 27/02/2012

Western Power Distribution (WPD) have just launched their Community Chest grant scheme, and £50,000 is available to enable communities to install energy efficiency measures in community buildings. The grant is being administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) who can also provide expert advice and guidance to help groups to carry out an audit of their buildings.

Community groups within WPD’s distribution area, which serves the Midlands, South and West Wales and the South West of England, can apply for grants of up to £1,000, in order to pay for simple but effective energy efficiency measures to not only reduce their energy costs but also reduce the carbon emissions of the buildings they use for their activities. Eligible measures include:

  • insulating loft spaces
  • installing energy monitors
  • draught proofing windows and doors
  • fitting effective heating controls and
  • installing low energy lighting.

The application process is simple. Groups are asked to submit a short application form and provide quotes for recommended improvements, as well as completing an audit of their building. Guidance is provided on CSE’s website at or email for more information

The scheme will award a maximum grant of £1000 (per group). The WPD community chest is not designed to part fund major building renovations or renewable energy technologies.


Applications will initially be accepted for three months from February 2012 until the end of April 2012, or until the grant pot is exhausted. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, and grants for successful applicants will be awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.