EmPower Your Environment grant programme






“EmPOWER Your Environment” is a comprehensive grant programme by Polish TSO PSE, which responds to aid applications submitted to the company by stakeholders impacted by grid development and allows PSE to enter into a social dialogue with communities.


  • Engage communities, co-creating and developing public space and social infrastructure
  • 110,000 residents positively impacted by 85 projects in 76 communities across Poland
  • Increase acceptance for transmission infrastructure through transparent dialogue with residents

Main information:

Plans to modernise existing grids and construct new power lines for large-scale projects often face public opposition, with lack of information a contributing factor. To address this, PSE decided to build awareness by enhancing public space through a community grant programme. Based on the commonly applied principle of participatory budgeting, residents decide which social projects are to be funded. As a result, the national grant competition has unobstructed investment processes for grid projects and has helped improve PSE’s social dialogue.

Additional information:

PSE is the transmission system operator in Poland.

RGI gratefully acknowledges the EU LIFE funding support:

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Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the LIFE Programme. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.