Giving back and energising communities

Posted 26/03/2019 by E.ON

A community radio station, a coastal surveillance post and an amateur sports club. What do they have in common? They are among the 106 groups to have received funding from our Energising Communities Fund.

Between 2013 and 2018, the fund gave out grants to charities and not-for-profit organisations, ranging in size from £50 to £2,000. For example, the coastal surveillance station in Happisburgh, Norfolk, installed a £1,000 wind turbine that powered its electric heating, and the sports club in Pollokshields, near Glasgow, fitted loft installation and energy efficient lighting.

Wide geographic spread

Over the five years of the fund we gave out 106 grants to organisations from Cornwall to Scotland. To be eligible, benefiting projects had to result in one of three objectives:

a reduction in the amount of energy being used
energy being produced from a renewable source
energy education provided to members of the community

Benefitting organisations

 

Overall, 46 charities, 10 village halls, 21 schools and 15 community groups were among those supported through the fund.

Many of the applicants applied for money to fund improvements that would reduce their energy bills. In Stoke-on-Trent, Cross Rhythms City Radio needed to save money so it turned to us for help replacing its studio and office space lighting. It received a grant to install new LED lighting. This was expected to save the charity more than £500 a year in running costs and enable the station to continue helping young people who might be struggling to find employment.

In Cardiff, a grant helped train community volunteers to provide energy efficiency advice and resources. The volunteers with the community development charity ACE were able to help 30 vulnerable households at risk of fuel poverty reduce their energy use and bills.

Nature of projects

In total, our fund supported 35 lighting upgrades, 12 renewable energy installations, 24 insulation fittings, 25 series of energy workshops, nine heating projects and a set of replacement windows.

Small changes made a big difference to these organisations and we're committed to helping communities better manage their energy consumption. This fund was just one of the ways that we are helping to power our customers' plans for a more efficient future.

 

 

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