This is the third year of the £10 million five-year fund which was set up to support community based organisations that provide information about how to get and use smart meters, especially for those who may face barriers to getting a smart meter. The fund is being administered by the Charities Aid Foundation.
There are two funding rounds in 2018:
- Round 1 offers small grants of between £500 and £5,000 for activity targeted at reaching people who are over the age of 60 with no personal internet access or over the age of 65. The deadline is 14 May 2018.
- Round 2 (launching early May) offers larger grants of up to £7,500 for activity targeted at reaching the severely or profoundly deaf. Information and guidance will be released at the end of April.
Projects need to meet the objectives for 2018 which are:
- Educating and reassuring people to help overcome any barriers and concerns of getting a smart meter.
- Showcasing the benefits of smart meters for this audience.
- Increasing interest in getting a smart meter installed.
Each round of funding has specific dates that the project must be delivered within.
Applications will be considered from registered charities, other registered organisations as well as unregistered organisations (such as Community Interest Companies, Charitable Industrial and Provident Societies, Housing Associations, Local Authorities etc.) working with Smart Energy GB’s priority groups.