Aims/priorities: Grants are available for regionally based organisations that can deliver support to people who are offline or on a low income in England, Scotland or Wales to ensure they understand how smart meters can benefit them. Smart Energy GB, the national campaign for the smart meter rollout, launched the five year Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund in May 2016 with the aim that every home in Britain would be offered a smart meter within five years at no additional cost. The fund has been set up to support Smart Energy GB's work to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use the new meters to get their gas and electricity under control. The funding supports those who might find it difficult to engage with the smart meter rollout. Two funding streams are available in 2021, each targeting a specific audience:
- Grants for organisations reaching people who are offline.
- Grants for organisations reaching people on a low income.
The application process to become a Smart Energy GB in Communities partner is being run by the charity National Energy Action (NEA).
Who can apply? Applications will be considered from regionally based organisations preferably with local networks that can deliver support to people in one of the target groups (people on a low income or people offline). Housing associations and local authorities are eligible to apply.
Grant amount: There are two funding levels in 2021:
- Grants of between £15,000 and £25,000 for organisations reaching people who are offline.
- Grants of between £7,500 and £10,000 for organisations reaching people on a low income.
Application process: Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the NEA website.
Deadline: 12 February 2021 (12 noon) with notification of decisions by the end of March 2021.
Contact information: Enquiries - Tel 07566789483, Email email@example.com
Website address: SEGB Smart Fund – NEA