Community Grant Programme

Is your community currently being affected by National Grid Electricity Transmission construction or operational activity?

The Community Grant Programme is run by the National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) business. We own and maintain the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales. The programme is aimed at community organisations and charities in areas where our work is impacting local people through our operations and construction activities.

Communities impacted by the maintenance of existing infrastructure (e.g. refurbishment of overhead lines or substations resulting in road closures and other impacts) can apply for grants of up to £10,000.

Communities impacted by construction work for new infrastructure projects (e.g. the building of new underground tunnels or a new substation resulting in a significant increase in heavy goods traffic, noise and other impacts) can apply for grants of up to £20,000.

Please note that this programme does not accept applications related to:

  • Communities where NGET has offices or fixed sites such as existing substations, unless there are construction or maintenance activities taking place that impact the local community

  • Works being undertaken by different parts of National Grid, including National Grid Ventures and National Grid Power Distribution (Western Power Distribution).

  • Applications for National Grid UK Land and Property (UKLP) projects sit outside of this programme. For more detail, see application process.

  • Increased energy costs related to the cost of living crisis in areas not impacted by National Grid Electricity Transmission work.

  • Work being carried out by distribution network operators.

Who can apply

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:

  • a bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two signatures who are unrelated

  • a constitution (if not a registered charity)

  • a management committee with a minimum of three people who are unrelated

  • accounts for the most recent financial year or a financial projection if it’s a new organisation (we will only fund organisations that are financially solvent).

Applying more than once

Organisations can receive a maximum of one grant each financial year. We will consider a further award in subsequent years if:

  • we have received an end of grant monitoring form for the previous grant and

  • the applicant is applying for funding for a ‘new’ project and

  • the organisation still meets the criteria, including the requirement that the community is being affected by our operations.

We will not provide on-going support to a project that has previously received funding or fund core running costs.

What we fund

We support projects in the following areas:

    Social benefits

    • Initiatives that support hard-to-reach members of the community improving diversity and inclusion.

    • Initiatives that support community safety – from electricity safety to protecting at-risk members of society including the elderly and those with special needs.

    • Initiatives which achieve improved educational attainment through building confidence and self-esteem of children and young people.

    • Education projects especially those that upskill young people with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) skills.

    • Activities that promote or support health and wellbeing in the local community, for example addressing energy efficiency.

    Economic benefits

    • Initiatives that support employment either through a work placement or retraining schemes which increase the employability of people from lower income communities back into the workplace.

    • Initiatives that support capacity building for community, charity or voluntary groups to help them improve their services, whether it be reaching more users or extending the hours that the service is available.

    Environmental benefits

    • Initiatives such as conservation projects that have a direct and positive environmental impact or awareness raising projects that improve environmental behaviour or understanding from recycling to water resource management.

    • Improvement of the energy efficiency of community facilities.

    • Initiatives which help people to manage their energy usage and access affordable tariffs.

    We do not fund

    • The advancement of religion – we will fund faith-based organisations to undertake secular activities
    • Political parties or causes
    • Medical research
    • Core running costs
    • Individuals
    • People taking part in treks or expeditions
    • Statutory organisations such as local government, schools, the NHS or local councils, including parish councils irrespective of whether they have charitable status – we can consider applications from PTA/Friends of type organisations, but projects must be for the benefit of the wider community as well as the school population
    • Retrospective funding, i.e. money that has already been spent
    • Improvements to land or building over which the applicant does not have tenure
    • Works that would be a statutory responsibility
    • Organisations which hold more than 12 months running costs as unrestricted/free reserves
    • Applications from organisations outside England and Wales
    Grants awarded so far

    Most recent grants awarded

    December 2022

    Lodden Community Energy




    Blenheim Garden RMO


    Friends of Ruskin Park


    Nailsea Community Transport


    Axe District Scouts


    Balsall Common Methodist Church


    Uffington Village Hall


    Wellspring Counselling


    Workshop 305 CIC


    Portishead WASP


    Neadd Goffaa - Penryhndeaudreath Hall


    Gordano RFC


    Porthamdog Jnr Football


    Friends of Trent Vale Trail


    Langton Herring Village Hall



    View our awards archive

    Application process

    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 send an email to [email protected] with your contact number 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 on a quarterly basis (see timeline below). These are then checked against minimum requirements and passed on to be reviewed by a National Grid funding panel, where all applications received will be assessed and scored against evaluation criteria. The highest scoring applications will be awarded funding. 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 accept applications on a quarterly basis. See timeline below.

    Annual timeline

    Q1 Apr – Application window opens; May – Applications reviewed against criteria; June – Panel session/ decisions

    Q2 July – Application window opens; Aug - Applications reviewed against criteria; Sept - Panel session/ decisions

    Q3 Oct – Application window opens; Nov - Applications reviewed against criteria; Dec - Panel session/ decisions

    Q4 Jan – Application window opens; Feb - Applications reviewed against criteria; Mar - Panel session/ decisions

    Community grant application form

    Our application window for the September panel is now closed. You can still submit an application via the button below, but please note that you will not receive a final decision until after the December 2023 panel has taken place.

    • Is your project in an area affected by our operations or activities?

    • Are you a registered charity / recognised community organisation or social enterprise?

    • Can you show that this grant will have a positive impact on your community and meet our social, economic and/or environmental funding priorities? Please see what we fund to check this.

    • Have you checked that your organisation and your project are not excluded from applying? Please read who can apply for more information.

    • Are you applying for a specific project and not core running costs?

    • If you have previously received a grant from us, was this more than 12 months ago and have you provided a final monitoring form?

    NGET apply here

    If you are applying for a grant linked to a National Grid UK Land and Property project, then please click on the button below to send us an email regarding your request for a grant of up to £5000. To be eligible, you will need to describe how you meet the criteria described above. Property projects are not related to electricity infrastructure, and include such projects as gasholder dismantling, building demolition and land remediation.

    UKLP apply here

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    Frequently asked questions

    Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying for our grant programme.

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    Contact us

    If you need help or would like to discuss your application, please get in touch.