Due to the very nature of what we do – connecting people to the energy we all use – National Grid is at the heart of communities and each year we make a significant charitable investment in the UK.
National Grid’s Community Grant Programme is aimed at community organisations and charities in areas where National Grid’s work is impacting on local people through our operations and site activities.
We fund projects run by charities and community groups that meet local community needs by providing a range of social, economic and environmental benefits.
If your project meets our criteria you can apply for a grant of up to £20,000*.
*Community projects that are directly linked to National Grid’s major projects can apply for a grant of up to £20,000. Any other community projects outside of this can apply for a maximum grant of up to £10,000. The only exception to this are projects that are linked to National Grid Property who will be subject to a maximum grant award of £5,000. All applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application that they are impacted by National Grid’s operations in order to meet the criteria for a community grant.
To apply for a community grant your project must be in an area affected by our operations or activities – but your organisation may be based elsewhere.
We welcome applications from registered charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.
In addition, all organisations must have:
Applying more than once:
Organisations can only receive one grant each year.
We will consider a further award in subsequent years, provided we have received your end of grant monitoring form and you still meet the criteria.
We support projects in the following areas:
National Grid’s Community Grant Programme funds projects in communities affected by our operations.
Please read Who can apply and What we fund before applying for a grant. We prefer to receive applications online but if you are unable to do this please call our Community Helpline on 01285 841912 and they will be able to help you.
We will acknowledge your application and you may be contacted by a grants officer to provide additional details.
We accept applications all year round and these are reviewed on a monthly basis. Applications will be reviewed at the beginning of each month for the previous month and you will be notified of the outcome once a decision has been made . If you are successful, we will give you further information and ask you to provide your bank details. Grants are normally paid directly into your organisation’s bank account. If you are unsuccessful we will let you know.
After 12 months, or once your project is complete, we will ask you to report back on progress, confirming how the grant has been used and the impact that has been achieved.
We have temporarily paused the community grant fund as we re-shape how we invest in communities. We aim to make funding available again in the coming weeks and apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime.