Funding to tackle fuel poverty issue

Northern Gas Networks has launched a new £50,000 Community Promises Fund to support local communities across the north.

Wednesday, 24th August 2016, 12:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th August 2016, 13:24 pm
Eileen Tunrbull and George Brewis attending the Northern Gas Networks and Community Action Northumberland launch of 'Warm Hubs' in Crookham Village Hall.

Leeds Community Foundation, a charity dedicated to creating positive change in local communities, will manage the new fund and distribute grants to successful applicants.

The fund will offer grants of £1,000 to £10,000 to third sector organisations and community groups with innovative approaches to help alleviate hardship and other challenges associated with fuel poverty, educate around environmental energy efficiency ideas and raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Funding will also be available to groups who encourage people to get involved with STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and related career opportunities.

Tom Bell, head of social strategy for Northern Gas Networks, said: “I look forward to seeing what I believe will be a diverse range of ideas and to exploring some very innovative projects that we can help take forward.”

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