Fuel Poverty Challenge Fund

Fuel Poverty Challenge Fund

Thanks to funding made available by the William Grant Foundation, EAS launched the William Grant Foundation Fuel Poverty Challenge Fund.  The Fund was made available to EAS Ordinary (Voting) member organisations who work with fuel poor communities.

EAS recognised that while there were various sources of help for fuel poor and vulnerable households, sometimes these could not fully meet local and specific needs.  The William Grant Foundation Fuel Poverty Challenge Fund provided grants to successful applicants that helped fill the gaps.  For example: a lack of funding for ‘softer’, more personalised and tailored support; instances where the grant funding available from existing programmes was insufficient and clients were expected to make a contribution;  fuel vouchers/grants to enable prepayment meter customers to top-up and reconnect to supply.  

EAS intended that members should use the Fund as best fitted their local needs.  Applicants were asked to clearly state the potential benefits and why their project would have a positive impact for their target client group and/or within the local community.  Proposals were assessed by an independent panel. 

The Challenge Fund was oversubscribed, but we were able to support 15 local projects.  The projects offer a wide range of services, each deemed appropriate to their local area.  These include:

  • Face to face tailored energy advice
  • Small energy efficiency measures such as curtains, carpets, radiator panels and draughtproofing
  • Dampness prevention and management support
  • Crisis and fuel voucher/payment funding
  • Website with online chat facility
  • Fuel poverty outreach services
  • ‘Cosy homes’ packs
  • Training for front line staff