The Trust provides a significant difference to the lives of those in need by awarding grants to clear energy debts. The Trust also funds voluntary organisations to provide money and fuel debt advice services.
The British Gas Energy Trust is a registered charity, operating since 2004, to help individuals and families in poverty, suffering or other distress who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity debts. Applications to the Trust are welcomed from anyone living within England, Scotland or Wales. The Trust can not accept application from residents from Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands.
The Trust receives donations from British Gas, but is governed by a Board of Trustees which is completely independent of the donor company.
The aim of the Trust is to give vulnerable families and individuals a fresh start enabling them to remain debt free going forward. Applicants are strongly advised to seek money advice before applying to the Trust to increase their chance of a successful application.
The Trust helps by giving grants to clear gas and electricity debts.
In addition, the Trust operates an Organisational Grant Programme offering grants to charitable advice agencies based in England, Scotland and Wales to fund local advisors to increase money / budgeting and fuel debt prevention advice services available in communities.