Tuesday, 24 April 2018


The focus of the 2018 Smart Energy in Communities Fund, which is being administered by the Charities Aid Foundation, is projects which are specifically targeted at reaching people who are:
1. Over the age of 60 with no personal internet access;
2. Over the age of 65;
3. Severely or profoundly deaf.
The current round aims to address items 1 and 2 above. The second round, which is scheduled to open to applications in May, will focus on item 3. 
Projects need to meet the following objectives:
o Educating and reassuring people to help overcome any barriers and concerns of getting a smart meter;
o Showcasing the benefits of smart meters for this audience;
o Increasing interest in getting a smart meter installed.
Large and small grants are available to local community organisations that can help engage people and communities across Britain with information about how to obtain and use smart meters.
The fund is worth £10 million over 5 years in total.
There are two funding rounds in 2018:
o Round 1 - grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available. This round is focussed on activity targeted at reaching people who are over the age of 60 with no personal internet access, and/or people over the age of 65. The round has a deadline of Monday 14 May;
o Round 2 - grants are available up to the value of £7,500. This round, which is focussed on activity targeted at reaching the severely or profoundly deaf, is scheduled to launch in early May. Information about this round will be available towards the end of April.
There is no specified requirement for match funding.
In addition to the grant programme, 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. 
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 may apply for a grant.
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.
Eligible applicants must have:
o A UK-based bank account in the organisation's name;
o Financial procedures that require two signatories for withdrawals and cheques;
o A governing body with at least three members;
o A governing document such as a constitution or set of rules with a dissolution clause to ensure funds go to a charitable organisation;
o An annual report and accounts or an income and expenditure account;
o A safeguarding policy if working with adults at risk; and
o Adequate insurance cover.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Activities which are not targeted at or do not engage people over the age of 65 who have no personal internet access;
o Existing activity;
o Projects or activities that are not focussed on programme outcomes and priority groups;
o Organisations that are not considered charitable;
o Retrospective costs. (Projects or activities that will have happened or started before the application has been processed.);
o Beneficiary groups not in England, Scotland or Wales;
o Projects or activities that cannot be completed by the programme end date (see the Smart Energy website for further information of dates by which projects must be delivered);
o Individuals;
o The promotion of political or religious objectives;
o Work that is primarily the responsibility of statutory authorities;
o Core funding for the applicant organisation (eg. general operating costs, central costs, running costs, management, administration and office costs, overheads and support costs);
o Projects or activities which do not demonstrate additional activity to ‘business as usual’ activities and are not smart meter specific;
o Costs to produce content for radio or television;
o Costs to produce content for social media;
o Costs for the design of monitoring and evaluation surveys (as these will be provided by Smart Energy GB) and any costs for research;
o 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;
o Costs to undertake engagement with MPs or elected Local Authority members; and
o 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.
Guidance notes and an application form can be found on the Charities Aid Foundation website.
Completed application forms should be submitted online or by email.
Contact details for the scheme are:
Smart Energy GB in Communities
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
25 Kings Hill Avenue
Kings Hill
West Malling
ME19 4TA
Tel: 03000 123 346
(Source: GRIN)

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