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Energy Affordability Fund

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Support for people struggling to pay their heating bills and living in a cold home across National Grid’s network area.

Project duration: January 2016 ongoing

The Energy Affordability Fund works with organisations that support people struggling to pay their heating bills and living in a cold home. 

Administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) on behalf of National Grid, the Energy Affordability Fund has helped people be warmer at home and been a vital lifeline for many households, across the National Grid area since its inception in 2016.

Here’s a snapshot of what the fund did in 2022-23.

Image shows £112,804 was awarded to local energy advice providers in 2022-23
6 energy advice groups were funded
1573 clients supported
average savings of £915 per client 
total savings of £1439328 for clients
33 community energy champions trained
311 clients for low tech carbon advice 
537 front line workers trainer
61 clients supported with power cuts 
40 thermal image surveys 
601 clients signed up to PSR

The fund maximises income for minority groups and isolated rural communities 

partnering with hospitals faith groups and community centres

Cost of living support

With soaring energy bills, rising inflation and the cost-of-living crisis, millions more people will be unable to heat their homes. This programme will help to improve local services and offer more support to people that need it.

The Energy Affordability Fund helps fund costs of innovative affordable warmth initiatives run by energy advice providers and community organisations in National Grid (formally WPD) network area across the South West, South Wales and the East and West Midlands.

Discover more about our previous funded projects here.

Energy Affordability Fund funding objectives

The specific focus of the funding changes to meet the challenges facing vulnerable customers. More broadly, the Energy Affordability Fund supports activities that meet one or more of the following objectives:

The fund is open to all organisation types, but activities must take place within the National Grid network area. Check if that’s your area

Want to know more?

The fund is closed at the moment. Sign up to our enews to find out when it’s open again.

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