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Community Matters Fund

As the largest electricity Distribution Network Operator in the UK, Western Power Distribution (WPD) is committed to supporting the communities it serves and its local environment.

We have teamed up with Localgiving to deliver our Community Matters Fund. The fund will provide £500,000 to support charitable organisations in their response to holiday hunger. Applications are encouraged from organisations delivering projects that offer both short-term interventions to stop holiday hunger and longer term support to help reduce food poverty.

As part of our long-term commitment to our communities, we have promised to deliver a shareholder-funded, annual £1m support fund for local community initiatives and good causes over the next five years. The Community Matters funding programme builds on the £1 million Covid response fund we delivered last year to support our vulnerable customers through the pandemic. 

This summer, we are launching the third phase of our new programme with a £500,000 fund, focusing on providing help and support to grassroots community groups tackling holiday hunger when schools are closed and children often go hungry.

The Community Matters Fund is looking to support projects addressing holiday hunger that fit within the following themes:

  • Provide food to families affected by holiday hunger e.g. food parcels and serving meals
  • Deliver services to assist families affected by holiday hunger e.g. food pantries
  • Delivering educational activities focused on skills development and ongoing support to reduce food poverty (e.g. cookery classes, nutrition advice, budgeting support, benefits and debt advice)
  • Innovative approaches to holiday hunger and food poverty.

Further information about the process can be found in our Funding Guide, which includes important eligibility information and FAQs. You can also download the questions that will be asked in the online application form below to enable you to draft your answers if you wish.

The programme is now live and accepting applications until 14th June 2022.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 27th June 2022.

Projects must be delivered and funding spent by 31st December 2022.

The application form is an online process; however, you can download the application questions below, so that you can prepare your answers beforehand.

Apply for the fund Download the funding questionsDownload the FAQs

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