COMMUNITY groups in Herefordshire could benefit from a share of £500,000 being made available by Western Power Distribution (WPD) to support them through the coronavirus pandemic.

WPD has launched its ‘In This Together - Community Matters Fund’ and groups, including charities, local authorities and community groups who might be in need of financial help through the pandemic.

Phil Swift, WPD’s chief executive, said: “In this fast-moving situation, we’re stepping-up to help our communities who are impacted by the consequences of the coronavirus.

"We’re delighted to open our £500k fund and we’re looking forward to hearing from local organisations with ideas of how our financial support could aid them to deliver help at this time, from food drop-offs to befriending services for those living in isolation. We welcome all community ideas.”

Charities, local authorities, and lower-level councils can apply for funding of up to £10,000. Other community groups can apply for up to £1,000 in funding.

The electricity distribution company is also reminding people who have been identified as vulnerable to sign up to the priority services register. The free service gives additional support in the event of a power cut to those registered.

Further details are available on the scheme are available at or by calling 0800 096 3080.

Mr Swift added: “Our dedicated staff are continuing to work hard to ensure a safe, secure and reliable electricity supply to all customers throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

As an essential service provider, our teams are working hard to keep the lights on and the electricity flowing to homes and the organisations we’re all relying on.

“We are committed to supporting our employees and our communities through this crisis. By launching our fund, as well as continuing our work to support our most vulnerable customers through our priority services scheme, we hope we can make a difference to those groups working at the grassroots in our communities.

“To reinforce our commitment to supporting colleagues, customers and the community, WPD has also joined forces with major businesses across the UK by signing up to the C-19 Business Pledge which aims to harness the power of business as a force for good in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.”

More details on how to apply for a grant can be found at