Energy Saving Trust announces details of agencies that will share grants worth over £2 million to address energy poverty in Great Britain

The Energy Saving Trust has just announced details of the 10 charities have been successful in securing over £2 million of funding in the latest round of the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (Energy Redress Scheme).

Managed and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of Ofgem, the Energy Redress Scheme collects voluntary payments from energy companies that may have breached rules. The funds are distributed to charities in England, Scotland and Wales to deliver projects that benefit and support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.

Round nine of the scheme, saw 10 charities that work across England, Scotland and Wales receiving grants ranging from £24,000 to £450,000.

The successful applicants in the latest round of the scheme are:

Organisation Name  Area covered by project  Grant 
Birmingham Disability Resource Centre Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell £220,903.00
Changeworks South East Scotland £452,324.47
Croydon BME Forum London Borough of Croydon £42,295.60
Elderpark Housing Association Govan, Linthouse, Drumoyne, Shieldhall, Ibrox and Cessnock areas of Glasgow £200,000.00
Energy Projects Plus Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Warrington, Wirral, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester £206,128.75
Marches Energy Agency Derby & Derbyshire £254,462.00
National Energy Action (NEA) England and Wales £109,175.00
National Energy Foundation Central Bedfordshire Council, Dacorum Council, Luton Borough Council and Watford Borough Council £346,466.00
Research Institute for Disabled Consumers GB Wide impact £24,670.00
Severn Wye Energy Agency Gloucestershire £324,695.00

The Energy Redress Scheme continues to reach out to people with health issues, disabilities and living in fuel poverty, who are disadvantaged when it comes to meeting their energy needs. The recent grants awarded brings the total number of projects funded to 130, with over £21 million distributed to charities to support vulnerable energy customers across Great Britain. The projects have delivered the following outputs to date:

o Energy advice provided to over 59,000 households.
o 93 new jobs created and 460 volunteering opportunities.
o Over 7,000 small energy saving measures installed or provided to vulnerable households.
o Over 6,000 households referred for additional support, and
o Over £1.45 million in recorded savings through advice.

The scheme will reopen its 10th round to applications on Thursday 14 January with £10 million available to charities in England, Scotland and Wales, that will include the following funding streams:

o The main fund containing £8 million aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £2 million.
o The small project fund containing £500,000 aimed at projects seeking grants between £20,000 and £49,999.
o The Innovation Fund containing £1.5 million aimed at projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit energy consumers. Applicants can apply for grants between £50,000 and £750,000.

The deadline for applications in the next round is 5pm on Thursday 11 February 2021. Only charities that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process can apply to open funding rounds. Further information on the scheme and the application process can be found at: www.energyredress.org.uk