The fund grants money to energy and environmental projects in Sunderland that will help the local community.
Empower grants have been awarded to:
Empower grants are used to fund:
To make sure grants are only used for their intended purpose, we will only fund projects that:
You can apply for a grant any time. Organisations can only receive one grant each year. Fill in the application form to apply for a grant.
Once we have awarded the annual funding, we will not review any applications until the next financial year.
Empower grants cannot be used to pay for:
Match or contributory funding from another source is not essential, but we will view those applications positively.
You must complete the entire application form and explain:
You must include 3 recent quotes for any goods or services.
Send your completed application form to:
Head of Asset Sustainability
Empower Sunderland Local Community Fund
c/o Gentoo Group
2 Emperor Way
Doxford International Business Park
A panel administers the fund and meets every 3 months. It includes:
We check your form to make sure it is complete, and you meet the funding criteria.
We will review your application at the next Empower Sunderland Local Community Fund panel meeting. We may contact you and ask you attend a later panel meeting if we need to confirm any details or need more information before we decide to give you funding.
If your application is about a building, you must answer any questions we ask about who owns it and who maintains it.
If you have a lease, you must give us a copy of it. If you apply for more than £2,500, you must give us a commercial energy performance certificate (EPC) or energy audit. You can include the cost to get this in your application. A photo of the building and any items you want to replace can also be helpful.
We will contact you to let you know if your application has been successful.
If your application is successful, a representative from your organisation or group must sign the Empower terms and conditions. You must agree that the grant will be used for the purpose set out in your application. If this agreement is broken, we will ask you to pay the grant back.
We issue grant award payments by Bacs to your organisation or group’s bank account. We check how the grant award is being spent to make sure it is used for the purpose set out in your application form. This may include a visit to your organisation or group.
When you have spent the grant, you must give us the receipts. The value of the receipts must match the amount of grant you received. If you cannot give us receipts, we may ask you to pay the grant back, and exclude your group or organisation from applying again.
If you spend less than the grant, you must pay back the balance.
You must have proof that shows any grant money you paid to third parties and they did what you paid them for.
You must agree to acknowledge the support of the Empower Sunderland Local Community Fund. This should be in all promotional activities or publicity material that the grant supports.
You must give Empower Sunderland permission to use your name and any pictures taken or given to them in any of their promotional material or social media activities.
We may reclaim the grant if: