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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.

 Thank you to all who submitted their applications during our first funding round.  We are now closed for applications. Please keep up to date with our website about future funding opportunities.

COVID-19: How we’re supporting people and their communities

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered people’s daily lives hugely, causing an increased reliance on supporting services and the need for charities is greater than ever.

We recognised the need to support the range of people living in vulnerable situations and committed an emergency grant to the Trussell Trust on March 20th of £240,000 and a further grant to the Royal Voluntary Service on April 22nd of £100,000. In addition, we allocated up to £125,000 of small grants to charities and groups delivering to those most vulnerable in their local communities.


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
R&I grants will only be made through partnerships, contact us at: with details of your project.
Projects through online grant applications:
  • 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

Grants can be applied for up to £100,000 by UK charities or groups* with charitable purposes.
*T&Cs apply

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.


We will work with UK charities or groups with charitable purposes to fund projects, up to £100,000 that have a positive impact to people, the
environment and communities.
Grants up to £5,000 must have a Cadent employee sponsor.
Please read our Guidelines and Exclusions document to understand if your organisation and project is eligible.


Grant process

Assessment timeline

  1. Upon submission you will receive an acknowledgment email from Charities Trust, our charity administrator.
  2. Your application is assessed by the applications team, or if it’s over £25,000 by the Foundation Advisory Board. You may be asked to provide more information.
  3. We aim to make a decision within 12 weeks of the application and will notify you of the outcome.
  • Submission
  • Acknowledgment
  • Assessment
  • Decision

How to apply

We would encourage you to read over our guidelines and exclusions along with the FAQs, before applying for funding.
If you can answer yes to the following you may be eligible to apply

  1. Are you a UK registered charity? Or a community group with charitable purposes if applying for less than £5,000?
  2. Is your project based within Cadent geographical area?
  3. Does the project help people, the environment or communities?
  4. Have you been in operation for at least 2 years?
  5. Have you thought about the project plan and the spending breakdown?
  6. Can you provide a copy of your recent audited/signed accounts?

How grant applications are assessed

Once you submit your application it will be assessed by our applications team. The team will look to understand from your application if it meets our project requirements. The project detail must demonstrate the positive impact it will have in communities,  to people or the environment.
If your application is for over £25,000 it will be assessed by the Cadent Foundation Advisory Board.
We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 12 weeks.

Our Impact

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.
  • Euan-imrie-(1).jpgEuan Imrie –  Euan is the COO at Charities Trust having now spent 15 years in the not-for-profit/charity sector and bringing his experience to the Foundation Board. He has been involved in education for 20 years initially as a school governor and now as Chair of The Learning Trust. Previously, he has been a chartered accountant and a management consultant and was group Finance Director at Littlewoods in the retail sector.

Our first funding round is now closed 

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

Useful information


Cadent Foundation Director
Julia Dwyer
Prologis park, Central Boulevard,

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


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