Yes, of course! In fact, we will prioritise funding for equalities-led groups, or organisations that are working in partnership with equalities-led groups, particularly those led by communities that are most affected by energy issues, such as fuel poverty, or those groups who are underrepresented in the energy movement, e.g. older people, disabled people, BME and migrant communities.
When assessing applications for partnerships we will be looking for evidence that it is a genuine partnership. Factors we will look at include:
- Whether the application has been jointly submitted
- Evidence that the project idea was jointly developed. However, we expect projects that primarily affect a particular community to be led by that community, for example, a project that aims to give advice to disabled people should be developed and led by disabled people, potentially with support from another group if needed.
- How the budget is shared between the partner organisations involved
We reserve the right to contact any organisations listed in the application as partners to check that it is a genuine partnership.