BRITISH GAS Energy Trust is a registered charity (number 1106218) and was launched in November 2004 to contribute to the fight against poverty and to make a significant long-term difference to those in need.
The Trust is the first national utility trust fund. British Gas has committed £10million over 3 years to the Trust.
* The Trust is governed by its own Board of independent Trustees and is chaired by Mike Lake CBE (Director General of Help the Aged).
* The Trust is administered on behalf of Trustees by Charis Grants Ltd, a social enterprise organisation managing a number of utility trust funds under a shared programme of giving. This means that an applicant to one trust fund is automatically considered for help from any other funds managed by Charis providing they are eligible.
* The Trust operates two programmes of giving:
1. The Individual and Families in Need Programme, which awards grants to individuals and families to clear energy arrears and to occasionally pay for other essential household items and costs;
* Since its launch the Trust has awarded almost 900 grants to individuals and families in England, Scotland, and Wales totalling £335,000.
* A grant from the Trust is not a loan it does not have to be repaid.
* Applicants to the Trust need to be current domestic customers of British Gas or Scottish Gas, and need to complete an application form. In order for an application to be successful it's important to show how a grant from the Trust would enable the applicant to manage their finances on an ongoing basis in the future.
2. The Organisational Grants Programme which awards grants to organisations (e.g. CABx, money advice centres etc) to improve access to money advice and to fund money education programmes.
* The Trust has so far held one round of funding for organisations and will soon be announcing awards of over £650,000 in total for up to three years to twelve organisations throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. More information about these projects will be announced shortly.
* Each of these funded organisations will deliver programmes that increase access to money advice and money education to people most in need.
* The combination of both the Trust's funding programmes provides a holistic approach to helping those in our society who are struggling to cope with arrears and everyday living expenses.
For an application form and/or further details:
* Call our information line on 01733 421050
* Call our application form request line on 01733 421060
* Email us at bget@charis grants.com
* Write to us at PO Box 42, Peterborough PE3 8XH
* Go to our website at www.britishgasenergytrust.org.uk
For details of other Charis-managed trust funds operating under the shared programme of giving go to www.charisgrants.com