Posted December 7, 2023

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New Fund to Help VCSE Organisations in England Improve Energy Efficiency

The VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme is part of a package of over £100 million of support being delivered by the Government to help frontline delivery organisations with the increased cost of living.

The scheme is expected to open for applications in early December 2023.

This scheme will have two elements:

  • Eligible organisations will be able to apply for the cost and delivery of an independent energy assessment. This will help them identify how to reduce their bills and where to get further support.
  • Organisations with an energy assessment may then be eligible to apply for a capital grant to install recommended energy efficiency measures in their premises.

Full eligibility criteria will be published when the scheme opens, but organisations must be based in England, be a voluntary, community, social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisation, deliver frontline services and not be suitable for blended finance or loan support through other schemes.

Priority will be given to organisations for whom energy is the biggest concern and those directly supporting individuals and communities with critical needs, particularly those related to the rising cost of living.

Applications for:

  • Free independent energy assessments will open in December 2023
  • The installation of energy efficiency measures will open in January 2024.

Practical support will be available to help organisations manage capital installation projects. All measures will need to be installed and paid for by March 2025.

The scheme is being managed by Groundwork UK. Further details will be available on the Groundwork UK website once the scheme goes live. In the meantime, however, groups may register for alerts on the Groundwork UK website.

Further details will be available when the scheme fully opens soon (early December), however organisations can register for alerts and find out more via the weblink here: NEWS: VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme coming soon – Groundwork

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