Western Power Distribution launches £500,000 COVID-19 Emergency Fund for South West England, East and West Midlands and West Wales

Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for extra financial support from Western Power Distribution (WPD), which has just launched a £500,000 ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’ in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  

The Fund intends to support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within Western Power Distribution’s operating region (see map below) by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly people in vulnerable situations.

To qualify for funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Your organisation’s activity must take place within the WPD network area (East Midlands, West Midlands, South West England and South & West Wales) as defined by WPD’s postcode database. The map below shows this area or you can use WPD’s postcode checker.

2. You are a local authority, parish or town council, registered charity or community group.

3. The funding you require must directly benefit people within your community who are affected by coronavirus, particularly those who are vulnerable at this time such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions. Examples of support could include:

o welfare services,
o food and medical supply deliveries,
o advice schemes,
o befriending services or
o support to essential coronavirus care such as hospitals charities.

4. Funding applications for local authorities, parish/town councils and charities are up to a maximum of £10,000. Community groups can apply for up to £1,000.

Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. WPD is  keen to support the whole of its region so will be looking to distribute funding across its operating area wherever possible.

Applications may be made at any time. There is no requirement for matched funding.

Further information is available on the Western Power Distribution website.