Training and certification organisation BPEC has launched its search for next year's recipients of the Life Award, Support Fund and Sport Award.

The Life Award offers grants of up to £15,000 to projects that use plumbing knowledge and skills to improve the lives of others in the UK and abroad and, where possible, to transfer the skills and knowledge to others in the process. The closing date for Life Award applications is 30 June, 2016.

The Support Fund is designed to raise the plumbing skills levels of disadvantaged groups or individuals. The fund can also support worthwhile charitable-related projects that use plumbing skills for the benefit of the local community.

The Sport Award encourages sporting excellence across the plumbing industry. This may be by helping individuals or teams reach the next level, pass on their skills to others or compete at regional, national or international events.

The Support Fund and Sport Award offer grants every quarter of up to £2,500 to people working in the UK plumbing and heating industry.

Following the success of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 BPEC Charity Life Awards, where almost £95,000 was given out to support a diverse range of projects, BPEC has again awarded over £40,000 to support deserving projects from the 2015 applicants.

"The submissions we have received over the past three years have been fantastic, with real life-changing effects. The plumbing industry has demonstrated real skill and dedication," said BPEC chairman Frank Glover.

To apply for 2016, please visit