Award Winning Fund Reopens

Over £140k has been distributed since 2018, as part of The Community Partnering Fund, a partnership between Northern Gas Networks, Northern Powergrid and Leeds Community Foundation grassroots projects and third sector organisations, providing pioneering and sustainable programmes throughout the North of England.

Supported projects include those that assist with the hardship associated with fuel poverty, those that promote knowledge of energy efficiency and initiatives that inform the public about home safety. The fund has also supported projects that encourage interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and associated career opportunities, or groups that promote the free Priority Services Register, which supports energy customers in vulnerable situations.

Kate Hainsworth, Chief Executive at Leeds Community Foundation, added: “Here at Leeds Community Foundation, we’re proud to have been in partnership with Northern Gas Networks since the start of the funding scheme. Over the years we’ve seen the programme develop including joining forces with Northern Powergrid in 2018/19 and doubling the fund pot to £100,000, with awards of £50,000 now made every six months. We are excited to welcome applications from a range of exciting projects across the region in the next round of funding.”

This year’s fund will be the biggest yet, as Northern Gas Networks has also pledged to give back a further £2,000 to a deserving initiative following a fundraising drive that recognised and rewarded customer participation in a survey to help shape its future business plan, for 2021-2026, earlier this year.

The Community Partnering Fund is now open for applications. If you would like to find out more visit www.leedscf.org.uk/opengrants. Deadline for applications is 10th March 2020 at 12.00am.