Applications have opened for a £4.8 million funding pot that will award grants to registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process.
The Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme, known as the Energy Redress Scheme, is managed by Energy Saving Trust, which has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments to charities from energy companies who have breached rules. The scheme will be administered until 2022.
The core priority of the Fund is to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations, but funding is also available for the development of innovative products and services related to energy.
Innovation projects must:
- Have a realistic prospect of delivering benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers.
- Help to reduce the environmental impact of energy use and be efficiently managed and provide good value for money.
Examples of activities that can be funded include:
- Engaging vulnerable customers with energy issues and referring them for support.
- Energy advice that does not duplicate existing advice services.
- Installation of energy saving or renewable energy measures that cannot be funded elsewhere and/or are innovative or are being used in innovative ways.
- In-home safety advice and measures related to energy systems.
- Training and education on energy that is targeted at supporting vulnerable customers.
Grants of between £20,000 and £750,000 are available and can be used for capital or revenue funding. Successful projects are likely to have a project start date in July 2021.
All applicants will need to consider how they will deliver their project safely under COVID-19 restrictions. Face to face work, community events and work in people’s homes may not be possible for some time and so targets and activities should be adjusted accordingly.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on 6 May 2021.