Energy Redress Scheme

Description

Grants are available to charities in Great Britain for supporting energy consumers in vulnerable situations and for developing innovative products and services related to energy.

Current Status:  Open for Applications

Maximum value:  £ 1,000,000

Objectives of Fund

The priority of the scheme is to:

  • Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
  • Deliver benefits to the types of consumers that were negatively impacted by the specific issues that triggered the redress payment.

In addition to this core priority, up to 15% of Energy Redress funds can support 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.

Value Notes

A total of £6.7 million is being provided for Round Nine.

Round 9 Small Project fund

Amount of funding available: £500,000

Grant Size: Minimum grant amount £20,000, maximum grant amount £49,999

Priority: Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.

Round 8 Main Fund

Amount of funding available: £5 million

Grant Size: Minimum grant amount £50,000, maximum grant amount £1 million.

Priority: Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.

Round 9 Innovation Fund

Amount of funding available: £1.2 million

Grant size: Minimum grants amount £50,000, maximum grant amount £1 million

Priority: Development of products and/or services, which are genuinely innovative and not currently accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales, and Housing Associations that are exempted charities.

Other organisations can be involved in delivering the project, but the projects must be led by a charity who must submit the application and be responsible for the funding and project delivery.

Restrictions

Examples of activity that cannot be funded by Energy Redress include, but are not limited to:

  • Advice services that duplicate existing provision, potentially causing confusion for energy customers.
  • Energy saving measures that can be funded from another source, such as ECO, other government or devolved government schemes or an organisations’ own capital programme.
  • The installation of renewable energy technologies that can be funded through government schemes such as the RHI or an organisations’ own capital programme.
  • Any activity that directly benefits any organisation that is regulated in Great Britain by Ofgem or any person or organisation that has close links to any organisation that is regulated in Great Britain by Ofgem. As well as direct financial benefit, this includes positive publicity, reduced marketing costs or offsetting the cost of delivering their obligations.
  • “Top-up” grants for measures that are part-funded by ECO, as this would enable particular energy companies to use Energy Redress to part-fund their ECO delivery
  • Measures designed purely to enable access to ECO (such as a gas connection purely to enable an ECO-funded gas boiler), as these would also enable energy companies to use Energy Redress to part-fund their ECO delivery.
  • Referrals into a particular ECO offering or supporting residents in applying for the Warm Home Discount (WHD) or to Priority Services Registers (PSRs), as this would offset the marketing costs of the relevant energy company.
  • Replacing or providing top up funding for ECO measures if a client is eligible for ECO. It also cannot be used by Housing Associations or private landlords to undertake work that they have a statutory duty to do.
  • Work that is covered by Renewable Heat Incentive payments
  • Measures that are simply to improve the appearance of a property
  • Measures purely designed to save water.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for projects addressing either one of the following two priorities:

Supporting energy consumers

Funding for projects that:

  • Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
  • Deliver benefits to the types of consumers that were negatively impacted by the specific issues that triggered the Redress payment.

Vulnerability can impact consumers at different points in their lives and can manifest itself in several ways, such as facing difficulty in paying energy bills or being less able to make effective choices in the energy market. A wide range of factors can exacerbate vulnerability, ranging from living on a low income to having disabilities or illness and/or a reliance on electricity for heating.

Innovative products and services

Funding for the development of innovative products or services related to energy. Eligible projects:

  • Must have a realistic prospect of delivering benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers.
  • Should help to reduce the environmental impact of energy use (or have minimal negative impact where the scheme is delivering significant social benefit)
  • Must be efficiently managed and provide value for money.

There are two potential types of innovative projects which are relevant:

  • Testing or trialling the roll-out of products or services that are ready to implement but not yet accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers.
  • Conducting research or analysis into the development of products or services not yet accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers.

Examples of the kind of activities that can be funded through the Energy Redress Scheme 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 can be used for capital or revenue funding and can provide up to 100% of the project cost. Projects lasting up to two years can be funded.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications to Round Nine is 5pm on 4 November 2020.

Organisations wishing to access the Scheme must complete an online information form so that Energy Saving Trust can check whether they are eligible to apply. Charities that meet the initial criteria will be notified and will be emailed a link to create an account, through which they can apply for all subsequent rounds. 

When funds become available, eligible charities will be notified to use their online account to apply for funds. The system allows charities to create, review, save and submit funding applications in multiple rounds. Charities should only set up one account, which can have multiple users.

For all enquiries contact:

Energy Redress Scheme Enquiries

Energy Saving Trust

21 Dartmouth Street

London

SW1H 9BP

Tel: 020 7222 0101

Fax: 020 7654 2444

https://energyredress.org.uk/

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