The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has relaunched the Big Energy Saving Network and is open to applications from third sector organisations in Great Britain.
DECC has launched the 2016/17 Big Energy Saving Network, a £1.7 million programme jointly funded by DECC and National Energy Action (NEA) to support eligible third sector organisations and community groups, deliver help and advice to vulnerable consumers.
This programme of training, support and grant funding is for legally constituted third sector organisations and community groups to deliver an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them reduce their energy costs through assisted action on tariffs, switching and the take up of energy efficiency offers.
The programme has two objectives, which are:
- To provide assisted action for the maximum number of vulnerable consumers possible with the funding available, helping them save money on their energy costs through attendance at BESN Champion and/or Volunteer led outreach sessions.
- To deliver a training programme to frontline workers who come into regular contact with vulnerable consumers, in order that they can give direct help and advice to clients to help them save money on their energy costs where practical.
Each grant award is for a total of £5,000 per 'Champion', which is made up of an initial £4,000 grant to be followed by a further payment of up to £1,000 if the agreed objectives of the grant are met in full.
The funding can be used for staff costs, venue hire, publicity, printing, IT, translation costs, travel and other associated expenses to run events and/or make home visits.
The outreach programme will run through autumn/winter 2016/17, with outreach activity concluding on 24 March 2017.
The deadline for print applications is 8 July 2016. The deadline for applications submitted by email is 10 July 2016 (midnight).