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Community Partnering Fund

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Grants are available for local third sector organisations and community groups in the areas served by Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid for projects that benefit those who are 'hard to reach' or vulnerable.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Northern Gas Networks Limited

Maximum value:

£ 10,000

Application deadline:

02/11/2020

Background

The Leeds Community Foundation supports thousands of charities and voluntary groups to address inequalities, and to work together to help create opportunities for those most in need.

Objectives of Fund

Leeds Community Foundation is working with the utility companies, Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid, to deliver the Community Partnering Fund.

The funding aims to enable local community groups to deliver schemes that are important to the two utility companies, for example affordable warmth or the lack of young people choosing STEM subjects.

In addition to providing a short-term funding boost, Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid are seeking organisations who can become their long-term partners. This will enable them to work with groups who are embedded in their local communities and have a much bigger impact.

Value Notes

Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. Priority will be given to requests for less than £5,000.

Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid are offering to support applicants in non-financial ways with training, information materials and networking opportunities related directly to carbon monoxide, energy efficiency, Priority Services Register, STEM subjects or fuel poverty.

Who Can Apply

Eligible organisations should:

  • Be a volunteer-led group, a registered charity or a not-for-profit organisation with charitable aims.

  • Have a management committee, board of trustees or board of directors with at least three unrelated people who are not living at the same address and do not form a majority.

  • Have a separate bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories or have a charitable partner organisation willing to bank any grant awarded for the group.

  • Have an annual turnover below £300,000.

Priority will be given to projects:

  • Run by local people, for local people. Groups must be able to demonstrate good local links.

  • That show a strong understanding of the needs of the community that will benefit.

  • That have a direct impact on the community and local needs.

  • That are not one-off events and could become sustainable in the longer term.

  • That focus on supporting those who are vulnerable and/or face barriers to other services.

  • That have not previously applied, unless the application is for a significantly different activity.

  • That encourage interest in STEM as this is a particularly key focus for the Fund.

Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid wish to foster ongoing relationships with organisations, explore further opportunities to provide support, gather case studies and share learning.

Location

The majority of beneficiaries must be located within the following areas.

  • Allerdale Borough Council

  • Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council

  • Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

  • Carlisle City Council

  • Cumbria County Council

  • Darlington Borough Council

  • Durham County Council

  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council

  • Eden District Council

  • Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

  • Hambleton District Council

  • Harrogate Borough Council

  • Hartlepool Borough Council

  • Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

  • Kirklees Council

  • Leeds City Council

  • Middlesbrough Borough Council

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council

  • North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

  • North Yorkshire County Council

  • Northumberland Council

  • Redcar and Cleveland Council

  • Richmondshire District Council

  • Ryedale District Council

  • Scarborough Borough Council

  • Selby District Council

  • Sheffield City Council

  • South Tyneside Council

  • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

  • Sunderland City Council

  • Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects that have already taken place or applications for retrospective funding.

  • Activities that would normally be funded from statutory sources.

  • Projects that are primarily for the advancement of religion or politics.

  • General appeals and contributions to large scale projects.

  • Applications from individuals or to support an individual.

  • Organisations raising funds to donate to other causes or charities.

  • General capital costs (they must be clearly linked to the delivery of specific activity applied for).

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is intended for local groups to take innovative approaches to delivering sustainable initiatives that help broaden Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid’s reach and educate and support communities and individuals on at least one of the following objectives:

  • Alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty and promoting innovative energy-related environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon reduction.

  • Educating and informing communities about safety in relation to domestic gas and power including the dangers from carbon monoxide poisoning and how to protect against it.

  • Encouraging interest in STEM subjects and related career opportunities.

  • Promoting use of the Priority Services Register (a free service provided by network operators and suppliers to customers in vulnerable circumstances within communities).

  • Championing community energy through encouraging people to come together to generate, own, manage, or reduce consumption of energy.

  • Project funding specifically for organisations working around food poverty for people particularly affected by COVID-19.

Applications should seek to help those who are considered 'hard to reach' or vulnerable. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Groups that have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus.

  • Older people.

  • Individuals with a physical impairment.

  • Individuals with a mental health condition.

  • Individuals with communication or language challenges.

  • Individuals in financial hardship (including but not limited to those in fuel poverty).

  • Individuals who are socially isolated.

  • People moving into rented properties for the first time.

  • Young people not in education, employment or training.

How To Apply

Applications must be received by noon on 2 November 2020. Decisions will be sent to applicants in January 2021.

Applications must submit an online application form and include the following documents:

  • A list of names of board members and CEO (or equivalent) plus a statement if any are related or living at the same address .

  • Income and expenditure ie audited or examined accounts for last financial year.

  • A copy of the governance document constitution, memorandum or set of rules.

  • Three quotes for any single items of capital expenditure with a value over £500.

Applicants should state if additional non-financial support is required (eg carbon monoxide detectors, training, information materials).

The guidelines and application form are available from the Leeds Community Foundation website.


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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Grants Team
    Leeds Community Foundation
    51a St Paul's Street
    Leeds
    LS1 2TE
    Tel: 0113 242 2426
    Email: [email protected]

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