Community Partnering Fund

Grant size: £1,000-£10,000

Location: Northern England

Deadline: 10/03/2020 at 12 noon

Community Partnering Fund


Leeds Community Foundation is delighted to be working with Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid to double the available funding to enable community groups to deliver schemes that tackle issues that are close to their hearts as utility companies – such as affordable warmth or the lack of young people choosing STEM subjects. As well as providing a short-term funding boost, we want to find organisations who can become our long-term partners. By working with groups who are embedded in their local communities, we can have much bigger impact.


Focus of the Fund

The Community Partnering Fund will focus on supporting Third Sector organisations and community groups (in the geographical areas highlighted at the end of his document) with 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 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 (CO) poisoning and how to protect against it
  • Encouraging interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) 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. 


We appreciate that you may have an innovative idea but would need additional support to deliver it. 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. This means you do not need to be an expert in these areas in order to apply as we can provide briefings or training if needed. Northern Gas Networks will also consider reasonable requests for CO detectors. If required these DO NOT have to be included as part of your grant budget breakdown. However, please ensure to state if you would like this additional support in your application.


Grant Amount

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. Priority will be given to applicants that are applying for grants of up to £5,000.

Grants Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a grant your organisation needs to meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are a volunteer-led group, a registered charity or a not-for-profit organisation with charitable aims
  • You have a management committee, board of trustees or board of directors with at least 3 people who are not related or living at the same address and form a majority
  • You have a separate bank account under the name of your group with at least two unrelated signatories or you have a charitable partner organisation willing to bank any grant awarded for your group (please get in touch if the latter case applies)                   

We will prioritise projects that:

  • Are run by local people, for local people – your group needs to demonstrate good local links
  • Can show a strong understanding of the needs of the community that will benefit
  • Will have a direct impact on the community and local needs
  • Are not one off events and could become sustainable in the longer term
  • Focus on supporting those who are vulnerable and/or face barriers to other services
  • Have not previously applied, unless the application is for a significantly different activity

We will not fund:

  • 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)



The majority of your beneficiaries need to be located in the following areas:

Allerdale Borough Council

Kirklees Council

Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council

Leeds City Council

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council

Carlisle City Council

North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

City of York Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Craven District Council

Northumberland Council

Cumbria County Council

Redcar and Cleveland Council

Darlington Borough Council

Richmondshire District Council

Durham County Council

Ryedale District Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Scarborough Borough Council

Eden District Council

Selby District Council

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Sheffield City Council

Hambleton District Council

South Tyneside Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Hartlepool Borough Council

Sunderland City Council

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council


Primary Beneficiary Groups

We would be interested in applications that seek to help those who are considered ‘hard to reach’ or vulnerable. We prefer not to define vulnerability and understand that there are varied reasons why someone may be vulnerable. We would like applicants to tell us about the specific needs of their beneficiaries. However, we appreciate that some guidance may be useful so following are examples of those who may be more vulnerable in these areas (this is not a comprehensive list):

  • 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


Briefing Events

If you would like to find out more about the fund, you can book a place at one of two briefing events:



The deadline for applications is Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 12 noon and decisions will be sent to applicants in early May 2020. You will need to complete an online application form; this involves answering questions about your organisation and the project you are applying for. You will also need to attach the following supporting documentation to the form:

  • List of names of Board Members and CEO or equivalent, including a statement to note whether any are related or living at the same address (Board Members in this instance could be a Board of Trustees, a Board of Directors or a Management Committee)
  • Income and expenditure: audited or examined accounts for last financial year (If you don’t have audited/examined accounts yet, please upload a copy of draft accounts and a copy of the audited/examined accounts from the previous year)
  • Copy of your governance document (e.g. constitution, memorandum or set of rules)
  • Three quotes for any single items of capital expenditure with a value of £500 or greater

All applications will be considered by an independent panel in a competitive process with decisions released in December. Successful applicants will be required to submit a Funding Agreement and proof of your bank account details. All funding must be spent within 12 months of the project start date. Consideration will be given to projects that require a longer delivery period of up to 24 months. Although a clear justification will be required – please call the grants team on 0113 242 2426 if you wish to apply for a longer delivery period.

Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid see this as an opportunity to build ongoing relationships with organisations, explore further opportunities to provide support, gather case studies and share learning. They therefore require engagement during the project and formal reporting after the activity has been delivered.


If you would like to download the above criteria as a printable PDF, please click here.


For more information please contact Leeds Community Foundation on:

T: 0113 242 2426