Grants of up to £20,000 available for community organisations in the north of England. Northern Powergrid has opened its annual Community Partnering Fund for the fifth year and has expanded it with allocations of up to £20,000 now available to community groups and grassroots organisations based in the North of England. Delivered in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation, the Community Partering Fund helps local organisations to deliver schemes which tackle issues that support Northern Powergrid’s commitment to assisting communities, beyond the role of its network. They include: • Alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty and promoting energy efficiency. Groups with initiatives which could include training, support and signposting that will better equip people to understand and manage energy usage are encouraged to apply. • Supporting Community Hubs with crisis planning through initiatives that help communities confidently navigate and be more resilient to challenges including the impact of severe weather. • Encouraging initiatives that develop learning pathways and support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and related career opportunities for underrepresented and disadvantaged people. • Supporting communities to lower their carbon footprint through initiatives that can help offering advice and support to individuals and communities to take practical steps, such as decarbonising premises, reducing waste, increasing recycling, improved energy use and management, encouraging local supply chains and services and raising awareness about new technology that can help people be energy smart. The grants available range from £1k to £10k for one-year initiatives and up to £20,000 for two-year initiatives. Applications must be submitted by 12 noon on 2 August 2022.