12 Charities awarded over £2.2 million to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions through Ofgem’s Energy Redress Scheme

The Energy Saving Trust has just announced the 12 charities that are set to receive more than £2.2 million of funding in Round 11 of the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme, (Energy Redress Scheme). Each project will support households in reducing their energy bills and carbon emissions.

Managed and delivered by Energy Saving Trust, the Energy Redress Scheme collects voluntary payments from Ofgem regulated energy companies that may have breached rules. The funds are distributed to charities across Great Britain to deliver projects that support householders to reduce their bills, tackle fuel poverty and support the transition to net zero.

Each of the 12 charities will receive grants ranging between £40,000 to £386,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The grant recipients are:

1. Aberfield Parish Church (Perth & Kinross, Scotland) – Warm Connections project (£80,019.94).
2. ALIenergy (Lochaber in the Highlands, Scotland) – Lochaber Affordable Warmth Service (£99,937.50).
3. ateb Group (Pembrokeshire and West Carmarthenshire, Wales) – Save Energy, Sace Money (£67,108.69).
4. Bourneville Village Trust (Birmingham) – Birmingham Fuel Poverty Allowance(£378,137).
5. Centre for Sustainable Energy (Bristol and North East Somerset) – Warmer Homes and Money (WHAM) (£408,280.50).
6. Groundwork London (London Borough f Merton) – COMFORT Project (£127,938).
7. Habitats and Heritage (London Boroughs of Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth) – South West London Energy Advice Partnership (£144,958.50).
8. Macmillan Cancer Support (England, Scotland and Wales) – Tackling fuel poverty caused by cancer (£354,504.66).
9. North Devon Voluntary Services (North Devon) – Warmer Homes North Devon (£133,749.40).
10. Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (England, Scotland and Wales) – Enabling Inclusive Innovation and Sustainable Choice (£242,713).
11. Ryecroft NRC (Walsall, West Midlands) – Energy Resilience Project (£40,000), and
12. Students Organising for Sustainability UK (England, Scotland and Wales) – Homes Fit for Study (£130,045.17).

Since it launched in August 2018, the Energy Redress Scheme has awarded nearly £30 million, funding over 173 projects across England, Scotland and Wales.  

Round 12 of the Energy Redress Scheme opened for application on Tuesday 29 June 2021 and will close at 5pm on Thursday 29 July 2021. There will be up to £4.8 million available to fund new projects in the following funding streams:

o The Main Fund aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £750,000 that will support households in vulnerable situations.

o The Small Project Fund aimed at projects seeking grants of between £20,000 and £49,999 that will support households in vulnerable situations.

o Innovation Fund aimed at projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit households. Applicants can apply for grants between £50,000 and £500,000.

o Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund aimed at projects that empower all domestic energy consumers to reduce their carbon emissions and engage positively with the transition to net zero carbon. Applicants are encouraged to consider how their projects can address one or more of the systematic challenges for achieving net zero carbon, such as affordability, accessibility and end-user confidence in carbon reduction technologies and the supply chain. The fund awards grants between £50,000 and £500,000.

Applications are open for charities that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process. Further information on the scheme and the application process can be found at energyredress.org.uk.