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Grants and funding to pay for energy bills

Many people are struggling with bills today.

There is help available if you are:

  • On a low income or
  • Receiving benefits

There are grants you can apply for to help you to pay your bills.

Gas and electricity debts are priorities. Your supply could be cut off if you do not pay. We can work with you on a plan to make repayments.

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Confused by the changing rules on prepayment meters?

OfGem recently announced that some energy suppliers can start installing involuntary prepayment meters again.

Find out if this impacts you here.

Energy supplier grants

Your energy supplier may offer grants if you are falling into debt with them.

Find your supplier below to see if you can apply.

If your supplier is not listed:

Charis have partnered with UK energy companies to support households through the Let’s Talk Energy Fund.

British Gas Energy Trust

The British Gas Energy Trust help people with gas or electricity debts.

  • You need to get debt advice from a trusted organisation like StepChange
  • You must not be able to get a grant from your current supplier
  • You do not have to be a British Gas customer

Check if you can get a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust.

Government help with energy bills

The government may be able to help you with gas and electricity bills.

Find out what government help is available

Get advice and financial support to improve your home’s energy efficiency

The Energy Company Obligation

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a UK-wide scheme that helps low income and vulnerable households make their homes more energy efficient.

The scheme will advise you:

  • If your energy supplier can offer improvements for free
  • If your supplier may fund part of the improvement and ask you to pay some of the cost yourself

You do not have to make the improvements or pay more than you want to.

Find out more about ECO.

Local authorities

Some local authorities can help pay for energy efficiency improvements.

To check if your local council offers these grants or loans, find your local council website.

Energy advice, support and help with repairs in Wales

Nest Scheme

The Nest scheme offers free, impartial advice.

In some cases, they may be able to offer free home energy efficiency improvements such as:

  • A new boiler
  • Central heating
  • Insulation

Find out more about the Nest scheme.

Home improvement loans

You can apply for a home improvement loan to make your home warm, safe and secure.

  • You can get an interest-free loan of up to £35,000 if eligible
  • The loans are managed by local authorities

Find out more and see if you can get a home improvement loan.

Energy advice and support in Scotland

Home Energy Scotland

Home Energy Scotland gives advice and support to eligible households.

They can cover or help with the costs of:

  • Installing heating
  • Installing insulation

They work on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Find out more about Home Energy Scotland.

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