ScottishPower Energy People Trust grants for projects that address fuel poverty

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust provides grants to charitable organisations that help people who are on low incomes, live in poor housing or suffer ill health. They are funded by ScottishPower and voluntary donations from independent supporters.

Who can apply

Charities registered with the Charity Commission or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) can apply for funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Projects must aimed at alleviating fuel poverty.  Applications are particularly welcome from charities who work with children, young people and families.


All projects must address fuel poverty explicitly. Tackling fuel poverty must be the primary purpose of the project (not just as an add-on). Projects should cover the following:

  • Energy Efficiency Advice – It is a condition of funding that all projects include the provision of energy efficiency advice. Energy advisors should be trained to City and Guilds standard or equivalent.
  • Energy Efficiency Measures – improving home energy efficiency through draught proofing, insulating and or other practical measures.
  • Income Maximisation – providing funding to front line charities who carry out benefits advice to households missing out on financial help that they are entitled to through welfare benefits and tax credits.
  • Fuel Debt Assistance – Providing assistance, or funding the provision by other persons of assistance, to reduce or cancel debts for household electricity or gas supply, where such assistance is provided as part of a package of measures aimed at providing customers with long-term relief from fuel poverty.
  • Or any combination of the above.

Priority will be given to projects aimed at helping families with young children and young people.

Size of grant

Charitable organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000. Projects may be funded for a maximum of one year, but the maximum amount of £50,000 applies, regardless of the timescale of the project.


There will be three deadlines in 2016. The first two are 12 January 2016 and 17 May 2016. An additional deadline for the November Trustees meeting will be announced later in the year.

How to apply

Organisations can apply for funding using the online application form. For further details regarding the application process please go to the Trust’s website.