Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has revealed the names of the successful projects which will receive grants from its £50,000 Community Promises Fund, created to support local communities across Yorkshire and the North of England.
NGN distributes gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses in the North East, Northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire, covering cities and town including Leeds, Hull, Carlisle, Bradford, York, Huddersfield, Harrogate, Darlington and Newcastle.
The Community Promises Fund supports projects and initiatives helping to alleviate hardship and other challenges associated with fuel poverty, educate around environmental energy efficiency ideas, raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and encourage the study of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and related career opportunities.
After applying earlier this year, the projects chosen to receive grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are: 2168 Yeadon Air Cadets, Bradford Community Broadcasting, DIAL (Leeds) Limited, Fusion Housing Kirklees Ltd, Highfield Food Co-op in Bradford, North Halifax Partnership, Syrian Community of Leeds, City of Hull & Humber Environment Forum, The Dominic Rodgers Trust in Huddersfield, Woodhouse Close Church Community Centre in Bishop Auckland and Yorkshire Energy Doctor CIC, based in Riccall.
Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), a charity dedicated to creating positive change in local communities, will distribute the grants.
The panel of NGN stakeholders who helped select the successful projects included Denise Massey from the Energy Innovation Centre, Simon Pringle of Project Rome, Nicola Jeavons of National Energy Action, MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman, and Tom Bell and Sarah Napier, respectively NGN’s Head of Social Strategy and Education & Employability Champion.
Speaking about the grants Tom said: “The diversity of applications has been fantastic to see and while we can’t award money to all applicants, I’m very much looking forward to working with the successful organisations on their exciting projects. Those that haven’t been successful this time will be invited to a workshop where we hope to discuss with them how best we may work together in the future.”
LCF’s Sally-Anne Greenfield added: “It’s great to see companies playing an active role within their local communities and using their expertise to make a difference. We are delighted to have partnered with Northern Gas Networks to distribute much needed funding across the North of England to alleviate fuel poverty, generate awareness and education surrounding energy efficiency.
“A wide variety of innovative community initiatives and projects will benefit from Community Promises Fund grants, helping to make an immediate difference to local people’s lives during the cold winter months and gain learning for the future.”
Nicola Jeavons of National Energy Action continued: “NEA estimates that 4 million households in the UK are 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. The Community Promises Fund will support third sector organisations and community groups to bring real change through local action. The calibre of applications received was at an extremely high standard.
“The 11 successful applications demonstrate a variety of innovative, sustainable initiatives which will help encourage behavioural changes through raising awareness of energy efficiency and will help to address the challenges associated with fuel poverty in their community.
“I would like to congratulate Northern Gas Networks and the Community Promises Fund winners for the excellent work they are undertaking to tackle this problem.
The successful applicants are being invited to attend networking events in January where they will have the chance to meet with other organisations, share best practice and speak to the NGN team to get access to helpful tools and advice to support them with the delivery of their projects.
NGN will be sharing regular updates throughout 2017 via their website northerngasnetworks.co.uk and Twitter @NGNgas.
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