Funds are available for communities

The Northern Powergrid Foundation, an independent grant-making charity, commits to funding projects that support energy resilience initiatives and helps those located in Northern Powergrid’s local communities (the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire) who are most affected by changes in the economy, environment and society because of the shifting energy landscape. The Foundation is keen to support activities that advance its objectives in an effective way.


To get an appreciation of the types of the projects the Foundation will look to support please read our Grant-Making Policy, to read up on the communities that are on their way to become energy resilient during emergency events with the help of Foundation funds visit our Grants Awarded page and refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for any queries you may have.


The funding priorities are:

Energy resilience during emergency events

Enhance community facilities, services and communication, and provide support to households in Northern Powergrid's regions during prolonged periods without power.


Protect the welfare of vulnerable people in the communities served by Northern Powergrid particularly during extended power cuts by enhancing their resilience and supporting them to prepare for emergency situations.

Fuel poverty

Help to prevent and relieve communities in fuel poverty through educational advice and support programmes.

Levelling the rural divide

Support the communities who are particularly remote or isolated and have experienced power cuts due to poor weather in the past.


Use innovative or transformational solutions to improve energy resilience for households in Northern Powergrid's regions.


Support communities who work together to tackle issues to improve energy resilience.


Support existing charitable organisations or groups whose remit is to enhance energy resilience across Northern Powergrid's regions.

What we don't fund

The Northern Powergrid Foundation will not normally fund project activity that goes against its key priorities, but may occasionally award grants outside of this criteria.

Got a community project that requires funding?

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