Professor John Chesshire and Dr Peter Lehmann were both Fabian socialists who had a commitment to community and environmental energy causes long before awareness of climate change became widespread. Their academic backgrounds provided them with the ability to build an intellectual framework which, combined with their natural down-to-earth communication skills, meant that few politicians could refute their arguments that capital expenditure on insulation, more efficient heating systems, lighting and appliances, coupled with advice on energy efficiency was the sustainable solution to fuel poverty. Both men were very active across a range of professional bodies and were also engaged in charitable causes linked to energy efficiency and poverty alleviation.
The Chesshire Lehmann Fund has been established in their memory with the primary objective being to support young academics and community groups wishing to undertake active research or evaluation into the relationship between fuel poverty and energy efficiency.
The Chesshire Lehmann Fund is currently open to applicants across England.
There are two funding streams:
applicants can apply for a maximum of £5,000
community groups and not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to £2,000 for a researcher or academic institution to assist with evaluation work
Who can apply for the two streams?
Research - a researcher from an academic institution or the academic institution itself can apply for funding, preference will be given to new post graduates. An academic institution is an educational institution dedicated to education and research.
Community Action – community groups/not-for-profit organisations must have direct engagement with low income households and be active in local communities. The Trustees particularly welcome applications from new community groups, or those that are starting up, provided the focus is on fuel poverty.
The Chesshire Lehmann Fund is currently OPEN for applications.
Please contact CLF@nea.org.uk for information on future funding rounds.
The Chesshire Lehmann Fund is a registered charity, number 1139881.