Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund

Status: Open to applications

Deadline: 3rd September, 2018


Grants are available for community organisations, regional groups and local authorities who can reach people on a low income and help overcome the barriers to engaging with and benefiting from the smart meter rollout.

Fund Value: £ 10,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 5,000
Minimum Value: £ 500

Value Notes

The fund is worth £10 million over five years in total.

The third and final funding round for 2018 offers grants of between £500 and £5,000.

Alongside the fund, an online resource centre will offer materials, such as posters, leaflets and training resources, to any organisation that wants to help people benefit from smart meters

Extended Desciption

Smart Energy GB, the national campaign for the smart meter rollout, has launched the five year Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund, which will be managed by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

Every home in Britain will be offered a smart meter by 2020 at no additional cost.

This fund is 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 is available as both Large and Small Grants to local community organisations that can help engage people and communities across Britain with information about how to get and use smart meters.

The funding is particularly aimed at projects and initiatives that can reach those who may face barriers to getting a smart meter.

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The deadline for Round 3 applications is 3 September 2018 (midday). It is expected that projects will go live no later than the 8 October.

Key Criteria

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 can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must have the following in place:

  • A UK-based bank account in the organisation's name.
  • Financial procedures that require two signatories for withdrawals and cheques.
  • A governing body with at least three members.
  • A governing document such as a constitution or set of rules with a dissolution clause to ensure funds go to a charitable organisation.
  • An annual report and accounts or an income and expenditure account.
  • A safeguarding policy if working with adults at risk.
  • Adequate insurance cover.

Local Citizens applicants should contact their national office as there is a national partnership in place which can support their needs.

Eligible Expenditure

The target group for the July- September 2018 round is people who are on low income.

Projects need to meet the objectives for this audience which are:

  • Educating and reassuring people to help overcome concerns around financial uncertainty following smart meter installation.
  • Showcasing the benefits of smart meters by demonstrating how they help with budgeting.
  • Increasing interest in getting a smart meter installed.

Each round of funding has specific dates that the project must be delivered within.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding has not been specified.


The following are not eligible for funding (there may be additional exclusions for each individual round):

  • Activities which are not targeted at or do not engage people over the age of 65 who have no personal internet access.
  • Existing activity.
  • Projects or activities that are not focussed on programme outcomes and priority groups.
  • Organisations that are not considered charitable.
  • Retrospective costs. (Projects or activities that will have happened or started before the application has been processed.)
  • Beneficiary groups not in England, Scotland or Wales.
  • Projects or activities that cannot be completed by the programme end date.
  • Individuals.
  • The promotion of political or religious objectives.
  • Work that is primarily the responsibility of statutory authorities.
  • Core funding for the applicant organisation (eg. general operating costs, central costs, running costs, management, administration and office costs, overheads and support costs).
  • Projects or activities which do not demonstrate additional activity to ‘business as usual’ activities and are not smart meter specific.
  • Costs to produce content for radio or television.
  • Costs to produce content for social media.
  • Costs for the design of monitoring and evaluation surveys (as these will be provided by Smart Energy GB) and any costs for research.
  • Costs to print any items which may be downloaded for free from the partner section of the Smart Energy GB Resource centre.
  • Costs for paid advertising or production costs of existing newsletters or brochures which are already being produced as part of the applicant’s ‘business as usual’ activities.
  • Costs to undertake engagement with MPs or elected Local Authority members.
  • Organisations that are a member or branch of one of CAF’s national partners, where the project would duplicate existing activity with the national partner.

Aplication Proceedure

Guidance notes and an application form can be found on the CAF website. The completed application form can be submitted online or by email.

Organisations that are not registered with the Charity Commission or Scottish Charity Regulator must also complete the Grant Eligibility Application form), which will enable the funder to check that the organisation is charitable.

Contact the Charities Aid Foundation for further information.

Addresses and Contacts

Application and forms may be available on their website.

Contact details:
Smart Energy GB in Communities
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) 
25 Kings Hill Avenue 
Kings Hill 
West Malling 
ME19 4TA
03000 123 346