Make an impact on your community with £10k energy project award

Local groups are being urged to apply for the second year of the Energy Impact Awards which offer the chance to bag £10,000.

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) is welcoming applications from innovative energy projects throughout England, Scotland and Wales – to benefit vulnerable people in their area.

As well as the £10,000 award, there are also two runner-up prizes of £5,000 and £2,500. The money could be used to develop a new or existing project or to demonstrate the effectiveness of a scheme so that it can be shared with a wider audience.

Held jointly with British Gas, the competition accepts entries from all not-for-profit groups and organisations. The awards are open to community groups, third sector organisations, health agencies, local authorities and other public bodies. They would need to demonstrate innovative approaches to tackling fuel poverty such as deploying new and exciting technologies and renewable energy.

Winners will also receive a free place at the NEA Annual Conference in Nottingham in September where the wider energy sector comes together to share up-to-date policy and application experience, and to discuss the future of UK energy policy.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to introduce a big and impactful award scheme that rewards local community groups for the fantastic work that they’re carrying out to help vulnerable people. I welcome and support all entries and ideas, we know the level of work being carried out in the communities to help and assist those in need and we are looking forward to hearing from all the new and exciting initiatives out there.”

Steve Crabb, Director, Consumer Vulnerability at British Gas, said: “There is a terrific amount of great work being done in communities across Britain to help people save energy and end the scourge of fuel poverty. We are committed to working with NEA to ensure that leading edge; innovative work is celebrated and gets the exposure it deserves so others can learn from it. That’s what these awards are all about, and that’s why I’m so excited to be involved with them.”

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 Energy Impact Awards 2017! To find out more about how to enter, click here.


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