12 charities that support households in reducing their energy bills and carbon emissions to receive over £2.2 million in funding

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12 charities are set to receive more than £2.2 million of funding in Round 11 of the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme, (Energy Redress Scheme), Energy Saving Trust has announced.

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.

Graham Ayling, senior project manager for the Energy Redress Scheme commented on the announcement: “We’re delighted to announce these new grant awards under the Energy Redress Scheme, supporting people in vulnerable situations at a crucial time.

“These charities will be helping people afford to heat and power their homes as well as empowering them to take control of their home energy.

“I would like to thank all the Energy Redress Scheme grantees who have kept on working, in extremely difficult circumstances, through the pandemic to help people who need it the most.”

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 include:

  • Habitats & Heritage who, through a joint energy advice service with CREW Energy. will support vulnerable households living in the London boroughs of Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth.
  • Aberfeldy Parish Church will use funding to deliver the ‘Warm Connections’ project, following a successful pilot which they ran earlier this year. They will provide a free and impartial energy advice service to households in Aberfeldy, Scotland and the surrounding areas.
  • ateb Group will run a two-year project to address fuel poverty and promote home energy efficiency to their tenants in the remote rural communities of Pembrokeshire and West Carmarthenshire in Wales. The project will support people to better understand their energy use and identify ways they can save money.
  • Macmillan Cancer Support will receive funding to continue their nationwide energy advice service for people living with cancer.

The full list of charities is available on the Energy Saving Trust website.

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

Round 12 of the Energy Redress Scheme is now open for applications, closing 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:

  • The Main Fund aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £750,000 that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Small Project Fund aimed at projects seeking grants of between £20,000 and £49,999 that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • 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.
  • 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.

More information about the Round 12 of the Energy Redress Scheme is available on the Energy Saving Trust website.