Groups in Yorkshire and the Humber working to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency for the local community are being urged to apply for the second phase of the Community Action Awards 2013-14.
The awards, run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and supported by British Gas and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), aim to celebrate successful projects tackling fuel poverty and promoting energy efficiency.
The scheme has already rewarded nine groups in England in January with £1,500 each during the first phase of entries including Heeley City Farm from Sheffield.
NEA in partnership with British Gas and DECC are making a fresh appeal for applications. A total of six winners from across the country will be selected by a judging panel and awarded up to £3,500 to support their work.
Charities, community groups and local authorities working in partnership with not-for-profit organisations can all apply for the grant award ahead of the deadline on 11th April 2014. In January, Heeley City Farm was awarded £1,500 for its project “Weatherproof Women!” which will encourage and enable women from BME, migrant and refugee communities to take the initiative in making their homes warmer through the provision of learning sessions.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said: “We know that over 3.2 million households in England are estimated to be living in fuel poverty, unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and healthy in their homes. Community groups and other local organisations play a vital role in helping to identify and assist those who are struggling to heat their homes affordably and this is the opportunity to recognise some of the ground-breaking initiatives that are being developed to tackle this problem”.
Christine Tate, Head of Corporate Responsibility at British Gas, said: “In 2012, British Gas spent over £220 million on help for our elderly, disabled and most in need customers. In addition to this direct support for our customers we are pleased to support National Energy Action’s Community Action Awards, especially as energy efficiency is the best way customers can keep their homes warmer for less. We were encouraged by the nine winners in the first round and hope groups in Yorkshire and the Humber will now come forward and enter.”
If you are involved in an innovative local project related to the fight against fuel poverty, promoting affordable warmth and energy efficiency to vulnerable households in your community you could be one of the winners of the Community Action Award 2013-14. To find out more about how to enter, visit www.nea.org.uk.