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About Cadent Foundation

The Cadent Foundation has been established to make a positive and lasting difference to local communities and the wider society within Cadent’s network.
That’s why, over the next 5 years we will be awarding £20+ million of grants to charities and community groups to support projects that make a real difference.

 Applications for funding are now closed.

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Our Impact

Our mission

We aim to make a positive impact by providing support to people living in vulnerable situations and energy poor communities, to work to protect and preserve our natural environment and create a sustainable energy future.

To enable us to do this,  the Cadent Foundation is administered by Charities Trust (Charity Registration No: 327489) who we work with to manage the grant giving and ensure that all funds donated by the foundation are only used to further charitable purposes for the public benefit.  This process applies to all grant and partnership applications*. 
*Please read our terms and conditions and privacy policy for further information.

How to apply

What we fund

Projects through partnerships:

  • Research and Innovation (R&I) -  Projects that help eliminate harmful emissions and support sustainable energy
  • People – Projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations
  • Environment – Projects that will help protect and preserve the environment
  • Communities –  Projects that provide a better and healthier community to live in and use

For more information on what we do not fund, click here.

Where we fund

Cadent owns and manages four Gas Distributions Networks in the following areas:

Our North West network covers around 2.7m customers in the third most populated region of England. It consists of the five counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, and has a mix of rural and urban landscape.

East of England is our largest network serving 4m customers across East Midlands and East Anglia, having significant levels of customers in rural locations from Humberside down through Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Our West Midlands network is centred on the UK’s second largest metropolitan area of Birmingham and includes a number of smaller urban areas that effectively constitute local sub-networks within the network. It serves around 1.96m customers.

Our North London network, serving around 2.3m customers, extends from Central London, covering north of the River Thames, to High Wycombe in the west and Southend-on-Sea in the east.


We want to partner with organisations, profit and not-for profit, that are working to advance sustainable energy and create innovative ways to tackle the climate crisis.
To qualify you will need to demonstrate you are working towards an outcome that is for the public benefit.


If you wish to partner with us on a project, contact us at outlining your project idea and purpose, details of your organisation and the breakdown of costs.

Foundation Advisory Board

  • Adrian-Montague.jpgSir Adrian Montague CBE – Adrian is currently the Chair and Sufficiently Independent Director of the Foundation. He brings his knowledge and expertise from the legal and finance sector and represents other boards, such as Cadent Gas Ltd and Manchester Airports Group.
  • Catherine-Bell-(1).jpgDr Catherine Bell – Catherine is  a Sufficiently Independent Director and brings a wealth of experience from both executive roles and non-executive roles within the public, private and regulated sectors including the Department of Business and United Utilities, as well as a Governor of the London School of Economics.
  • Howard-Higgins-(2).jpgMark Braithwaite – Mark is a Senior Managing Director in Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and has held a series of senior finance positions, most notably he was previously the Chief Financial Officer at Thames Water. Mark is also a trustee of Leadership through Sport and Business, a UK social mobility and employability charity.
  • Linda Minnis –  Linda is the Chief Executive of Charities Trust.  She brings a wealth of experience working at an executive level in the retail and financial services sectors with specialist skills that include Business Ethics, Social Investment, Corporate Responsibility and Human Resource Management.

Applications for funding are now closed. 

Please keep up to date with our website about future funding opportunities.

Useful information


Cadent Foundation 

Julia Dwyer (Cadent Foundation Director)
Pilot Way
Ansty Park

Charities Trust

Suite 22 Century Building
Tower Street
Brunswick Business Park
L3 4BJ 
Charity Registration No: 327489


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