Charity Awards Will Help Energy Efficiency For Vulnerable Households

  • The Energy Saving Trust announced yesterday (13 January), that 10 charities have been successful in securing over £2 million of funding in the latest round of the Energy Redress Scheme. National Energy Foundation (NEF) covering the area of  Central Bedfordshire Council, Dacorum Council, Luton Borough Council and Watford Borough Council were awarded £109,175.

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 Great Britain to deliver projects that benefit and support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.

In Round nine of the scheme, 10 charities that work across England, Scotland and Wales are receiving grants ranging from £24,000 to £450,000. The full list of successful charities is available here.

National Energy Foundation, based in Milton Keynes, is one of the recipients and covers Central Bedfordshire Council, Luton Borough Council and Watford Borough Council area. Their scheme, Better Housing Better Health, will provide 1500 vulnerable households with expert advice, in depth-support and end to end case management. It will deliver 60 online training events, aiming to educate 360 local stakeholders on fuel poverty, cold homes and energy efficiency with a network of 20 ‘warmth champions’ who will be provided with additional support and training and will be situated amongst local community hubs, providing a trusted voice on available support. Find out more about NEF.

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:

  • energy advice provided to over 59,000 households
  • 93 new jobs created and 460 volunteering opportunities
  • over 7,000 small energy saving measures installed or provided to vulnerable households
  • over 6,000 households referred for additional support
  • over £1.45 million in recorded savings through advice
More information on the outputs to date as a result of the scheme can be found in the 2020 Impact Report.

Cathryn Scott, director of enforcement and emerging issues for Ofgem, said, “At a time when so many households face hardships and are struggling to manage bills, these programmes have provided crucial advice and support to thousands of vulnerable energy consumers, making a real difference to their lives.”

The scheme will open its tenth 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:

  • the main fund containing £8 million, aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £2 million
  • the small project fund containing £500,000, aimed at projects seeking grants between £20,000 and £49,999
  • the innovation fund containing £1.5 million, aimed at projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit energy consumers 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 from