The East Sussex Stay Well This Winter small grants fund has been launched to help people in East Sussex to stay warm and well this winter. An estimated 21,500 – or one in ten – households in the county is living in fuel poverty, where they can’t afford to heat their home to the standard recommended to help maintain good health and wellbeing. It’s especially important for people in vulnerable groups to be prepared for cold weather. Living in a cold home can exacerbate underlying health issues such as breathing problems, heart conditions or risk of a stroke – and can even be fatal.
To combat the problem, East Sussex County Council is working with Sussex Community Foundation to launch the East Sussex Stay Well This Winter Fund. The fund will make available £12,000 for projects which raise awareness of services to tackle fuel poverty, offer practical assistance, advice and support or run activities to help people stay warm and well. The fund will allow local groups and charities to play a greater role in supporting older and vulnerable people to stay warm at home.
Projects which may benefit include those which raise awareness of services to tackle fuel poverty, such as the county council’s free Winter Home Check service and those which offer practical help such as reprogramming heating and hot water timers. Money may also be given to projects which provide activities such as social clubs and lunch clubs, and those which offer advice and support for people on low incomes.
The East Sussex Stay Well This Winter Fund forms part of the East Sussex Energy Partnership’s wider programme of action to tackle fuel poverty.
How to apply
Grants are available to charities, community groups and social enterprises in East Sussex supporting people known to be at risk of fuel poverty. Projects may include raising awareness of services to tackle fuel poverty; practical assistance such as help in the home to re-programme heating and hot water timers; activities which help people to stay warm, eat well and stay active over winter, such as social clubs, lunch clubs, and transportation for older people; and advice and support for people on low incomes. Projects must be delivered by the end of March 2017.
The deadline for applications for grants of up to £5,000 is Friday, October 7. Please apply on the usual Sussex Community Foundation online application form – more information here.