Save money on your energy bills with the VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme!

  • Are you a micro, small or medium organisation in England with energy concerns?
  • Are you directly supporting people with critical needs, such as food, shelter, emergency supplies, advice or health support
  • Would you like to ‘future-proof’ your building and energy bills?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to the above, you may be eligible for support from the VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme!

Applications are now open for you to apply for a FREE Independent Energy Assessment with up to £20m of funding for Capital Grants of up to £150,000 to install energy efficiency measures.

Applications for Independent Energy Assessments close on Thursday 20 June – don’t miss out!

It only takes three minutes to check your eligibility on the Groundwork webpage.

Help us to spread the word with eligible organisations by sharing widely with your networks! For further info, please visit the VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme webpage or email [email protected].

About the Scheme

The government funded VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme will help voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations deliver more efficient services for people and communities by saving money on their energy bills.

The scheme is available in two parts – eligible groups and organisations can apply for an Independent Energy Assessment (IEA) that will identify energy saving measures in their building.

Applicants are then encouraged to apply for a Capital Grant of between £2,000 and £150,000 that can be used to install energy efficiency measures, identified in the IEA, to reduce the building’s energy costs and support the delivery of frontline services.

Applicant organisations must be a VCSE based in England and delivering frontline services. They must be able to demonstrate that they are financially sustainable, require support around energy and are not suitable for blended finance or loan support through other schemes.

The scheme is primarily targeted at micro, small and medium organisations supporting individuals and communities with critical needs. Examples include:

  • Services that address poverty, including by providing food, warmth, emergency supplies or personal grants.
  • Shelter, accommodation and housing for those most in need.
  • Advice for people experiencing financial, housing or legal challenges.
  • Services that address specific physical and mental health issues (such as disability, addiction and dementia).
  • Education, training and employment services that improve employability.
  • Community hubs or centres, out of which any of the above services operate.