DCMS Cost of Living Funding – VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme

Save money on your energy bills with the VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme.

  • Are you a micro, small or medium organisation in England with energy concerns?
  • Are you directly supporting individuals or communities with critical needs, such as providing food, shelter, emergency supplies, advice or health support?
  • Would you like to ‘future-proof’ your building and energy bills?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to the above, you may be eligible for support from the VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme.

There is up to £3.4m of funding available for organisations to apply for an independent energy assessment, and up to £20m of funding for capital grants of up to £150,000 to install energy efficiency measures.

It only takes 3 minutes to check your eligibility on the Groundwork webpage.

Applications for independent energy assessments close on Thursday 20 June – don’t miss out!

Apply for the VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme here.


More about the scheme: The government-funded VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme will help voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) across England to deliver more efficient services for people and communities by saving money on their energy bills.

The scheme is available in two parts

– an Independent Energy Assessment (IEA) that will support VCSE organisations to identify energy saving measures in their community building

– Capital Grants of between £2,000 and £150,000 that can be used to install energy efficiency measures that have been identified in the IEA

Eligibility criteria: To apply for an independent energy assessment, organisations must: -be based and operating in England -be a VCSE organisation, with charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes -be delivering frontline services or operating a hub (a building) that delivers multiple frontline services -be able to evidence the need for energy efficiency support -be able to evidence that they are financially sustainable

On top of our eligibility criteria, we also have the following priority criteria. We are keen to focus on promoting the fund to priority organisations to avoid disappointment.

The scheme is primarily targeted at micro, small and medium organisations supporting individuals and communities with critical needs. Examples include:

· Services that address poverty, including by providing food, warmth, emergency supplies or personal grants

· Shelter, accommodation and housing for those most in need

· Advice for people experiencing financial, housing or legal challenges

· Services that address specific physical and mental health issues (such as disability, addiction and dementia)

· Education, training and employment services that improve employability

· Community hubs or centres, out of which any of the above services operate


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