Community groups and others are being urged to get their applications in for the Energy Impact Awards before the deadline next week.
Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) is welcoming applications from innovative energy projects throughout England and Wales – to benefit vulnerable people fighting fuel poverty in their area.
As well as the £10,000 award, there is a runner-up award of £7,500. But entries close soon, on Wednesday 13 July.
Held with British Gas, the competition accepts entries from all not-for-profit organisations. The awards are open to community groups, third sector organisations, health agencies, local authorities and other public bodies. They would need to show innovative approaches to tackling fuel poverty such as new and exciting technologies and renewable energy.
Christine Tate, Director of Corporate Responsibility at British Gas, said: “We’ve led the roll-out of smart meters; that’s why we know innovation can help people save energy. These awards will champion and give invaluable financial support to help local projects make a real difference to communities.”
Winners will also get a free place at the NEA Annual Conference in Manchester 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.”
To find out more about how to enter, visit www.nea.org.uk