Electricity company offers £500k to tackle summer holiday hunger

Howard Lake | 31 May 2022 | News

Western Power Distribution's Community Matters Fund promotion
Funding to tackle hunger over the school holidays.

Western Power Distribution is inviting applications to its £500,000 Community Matters Fund from organisations that can support families who will struggle to feed their children over the summer holidays.

The company is the electricity distribution network operator for South Wales, the South West and the Midlands, so that is where it is targeting its funding. You can check if your organisation is eligible in terms of its location.

Applications for grants of £2,500 are inviting from eligible local charities (including food banks), councils and community groups such as parent teacher associations.

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Children in poverty

An estimated 3.9 million children were living in poverty in the UK in 2020-21. The rising cost of living this year is likely to increase this number.

The fund aims to support a range of activities and services that provide immediate intervention for families during the school holidays. This could include the distribution of food parcels as well as funding for holiday clubs that provide free meals.

Projects that provide longer term support, such as cookery classes and budget management, will also be eligible.

Applications to the Community Matters Fund close on Tuesday 14th June 2022.

WPD’s Resources & External Affairs Director, Alison Sleightholm, said: “As a company committed to supporting our communities, we strongly believe that we have a pressing obligation to support our young people and their families and, where we can, tackle holiday hunger this summer… We hope to support as many groups, organisations and food banks as possible with the latest round of our community funding.”