Since 2018 we’ve awarded grants totalling £200,000 to 12 different community initiatives and groups along the route of the Hinkley Connection Project from the National Grid Community Grant Scheme.
In the latest round of grant awards, Congresbury Scout and Guide Association has been awarded £20,000 to revamp its HQ; replacing the flat roof, improving insulation and installing solar panels with an energy storage system.
Adam Preece, Chair of Congresbury Scouts and Guides says, “The grant will enable us to keep our subscriptions low, now and into the future, by meeting the costs of urgent repairs and reducing our operating costs for years to come. This means that our services remain accessible to the whole community and our young people continue to thrive.”
Two other local initiatives to benefit are Life Education Wessex and Bristol Avon and Rivers Trust.
Life Education Wessex tours schools in parts of Somerset with the ‘Life Bus’ and provides age-appropriate health and drug education as part of the Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum. Its grant of £10,000 will go towards buying a Life Space – a pop up classroom to host its workshops – and additional education resources.
Carol Butler, Fundraiser at Life Education Wessex says, “We are delighted to receive a grant from National Grid towards purchasing a Life Space to use in Somerset, and specifically around schools in Taunton and Wellington.”
The £20,000 to Bristol Avon and Rivers Trust will help to protect the local water vole population.
The Community Grant scheme is one of the ways we are supporting the communities and local people most impacted by our operations and site activities. Projects can be awarded up to £20,000. If you know of a community initiative that might benefit, point them to http://betl.nationalgrid.co.uk for details on how to apply.