Cadent engineer holding £20,000 sign

Cadent has launched its Hydrogen Village Community Fund – which will provide £20,000 for charities, voluntary and community groups in Whitby and the surrounding area.

Up to ten local organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,000 each from the pot, to support initiatives that make a positive difference in the local community.

What’s it all about?

The Hydrogen Village Community Fund has been developed by Cadent in partnership with Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) to ensure the Hydrogen Village programme delivers wider opportunities and benefits focused on the local community.

The grants can either be used for existing services or activities or new projects that support (or align closely) to one or more of the below themes:

  • Tackling the climate emergency
  • Growing the local economy and delivering good jobs
  • Supporting young people to reach their full potential
  • Enabling adults to live longer, healthier and happier lives

The Hydrogen Village programme has seen Cadent carry out engagement with residents and businesses within the Whitby area of Ellesmere Port to understand how the gas being supplied to a 2,000-property area could be swapped to a different gas – low carbon hydrogen – in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from heating and cooking.

Heather Backstrom, Social Value Stakeholder Specialist, at Cadent, said:

“We are pleased to partner with Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) to deliver the new Hydrogen Village Community Fund and put the local community at the heart of the Hydrogen Village programme.

“CWVA has a wealth of experience supporting local community groups and organisations in the Whitby and Ellesmere Port area.

“Working with CWVA we’re aware that many local community groups are under growing pressure to deliver their services to meet the local community’s needs. The Hydrogen Village Community Fund will allow us to offer additional grants to local community groups to continue their excellent work for the area for years to come.”

Gary Cliffe, CEO, at Chester West Voluntary Action, said:

“Cadent has put social value at the heart of its work and CWVA have been pleased to be involved in the Hydrogen Village, working with Cadent to ensure community sector organisations and the people they support have been included in the planning for this world-leading programme.

“We’re delighted to be partnering on the Hydrogen Village Community Fund scheme. This scheme will be funded by Cadent to enable local third sector organisations to provide more support for their beneficiaries, and ensure Cadent’s work has a long-lasting impact in the local area.”

Applications will be assessed and winners decided upon by a Cadent and CWVA panel.

Criteria for applying

Charities, voluntary and community organisations in and around Whitby in Ellesmere Port are eligible to apply for grants of up to £2,000 from the Hydrogen Village Community Fund for existing services or activities or new projects.

Grants are available to fund both capital and revenue items: i.e. materials, equipment, services, staff time (sessional workers or part salaries), volunteer expenses, training to upskill volunteers or staff, project costs, overheads (e.g. room hire etc).


  •  Grants cannot be given for expenditure already made
  •  Organisations must have a bank account in their name with at least 2 unrelated signatories
  •  Organisations must have the appropriate insurance in place
  •  Organisations must have the appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Your organisation must be in operation for more than 2 years.
  • Grants must be spent by the end of March 2023
How to apply

For more details and to apply click here.

The closing date for submissions is 4pm, Friday 7 October 2022.