National Grid Providing 2023 Energy Affordability Fund

Funding to support the delivery of energy advice initiatives in the National Grid network area.

Administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, the Energy Affordability Fund supports organisations that work with people struggling to pay their heating bills and living in a cold home.

This year, grants of up to £40,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations that:

  • Are legally incorporated, though unincorporated organisations may apply if they team up with a larger organisation. Statutory bodies and private entities will be eligible if they can demonstrate a significant need for the funding and why their proposed activities cannot be funded from existing sources.
  • Have a bank account.
  • Are based in the National Grid network area (Midlands, South West England and South & West Wales).

Projects should involve at least one of the following essential activities:

  • In-depth 1:1 energy advice and support to vulnerable households.
  • Outreach activities to promote services such as workshops, community talks, road-shows, training and other community events.
  • Extend existing referral networks to work with other support organisations and community partners (eg food banks, mutual aid, health care providers, faith groups, benefit and debt advice providers).
  • Extend the geographical reach of an existing advice service into an area where similar services do not currently exist. Making use of the social indicator map and the data it presents will be encouraged.

Grants can be spent on costs associated with project development and delivery.

The deadline to apply is 27 March 2023.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)