The British Gas Energy Trust, which incorporates the Scottish Gas Energy Trust, is an independent Charitable Trust established in 2004. It was the first national utility Trust of its kind.
The Trust contributes to the relief of poverty, with a particular focus on fuel poverty and helping those who are struggling to pay for their consumption of gas and electricity.
The Trust provides a significant difference to the lives of those in need by awarding grants to clear energy and other household debts and for essential household items.The Trust also funds voluntary sector organisations to provide money and fuel debt services.
How we can Help
The British Gas Energy Trust helps individuals and families living in fuel poverty or other suffering or distress who are struggling with their gas and/or electricity debts by awarding grants to clear those debts. The aim of the Trust is to give vulnerable individuals a fresh start and enable them to keep free of fuel debts going forward. The Trust also offers help via Further Assistance Payments - grants to clear other essential household debts or costs. In addition, the Trust awards grants to money/ fuel debt advice agencies to increase money advice / debt prevention services available in communities.
Apply for a grant
Anyone seeking help from the Trust must fill in the Trust's application form. Those requiring help to complete the form should contact a local advice agency. In particular the Trust funds 14 organisations across England, Scotland and Wales to help those struggling to clear gas and electricity debts apply to the Trust.
The easiest way to apply is via the Trust’s online application form. Alternatively an application can be printed from the Trust’s website, or obtained from an advice agency, and submitted via the Trust’s freepost address.
Who we are
The Trust is governed by a Board of independent trustees, who give their time freely.
British Gas is the sole funder of the Trust. To date they have donated a total of £43,600,000 to the Trust
Their current commitment for
2011 / 12 is £28 million.
How we can Help
The Trust awards grants to individuals and families to:
- Clear domestic gas and energy debts and other household debts, e.g. rent arrears, council tax debts
- Purchase essential household items, e.g. washing machines, cookers
- Provide other forms of financial assistance, e.g. bankruptcy deposits, funeral expenses.
How to apply for a Grant
The easiest way for an individual to apply is via the Trust’s online application form.
Alternatively an application form can be downloaded and submitted via the Trust’s freepost address.
We cannot begin to assess an application until all supporting documentation is provided.