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Smart Energy GB in communities fund invites applications

Smart Energy GB, the voice of the national smart meter rollout, is inviting charities and other community organisations to apply for small grants from the Smart Energy GB in Communities fund.

From 12 June, a total of £255,000 will be available to organisations which can help Smart Energy GB reach people over the age of 65, who have no access to the internet, with information about smart meters and how to use them in the home.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) will administer the fund. Grants of up to £5,000 per organisation will be available so that those aged over 65, with no internet access, receive the information that they need about smart meters and the benefits that they can bring.

Alongside the fund, Smart Energy GB’s online resource centre continues to offer materials, including posters, leaflets and training resources, free of charge to any organisation which can help people benefit from smart meters.

Today’s announcement is part of the Smart Energy GB in Communities programme, which is delivered by a consortium of charities – National Energy Action, Energy Action Scotland and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

Smart meters mean an end to estimated energy bills and come with an in-home display that shows the cost of your household energy use in pounds and pence. They are installed by energy suppliers at no additional cost to consumers.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said: “The Smart Energy GB in Communities fund will enable organisations in communities right around Britain to play an important role within our national campaign to reach every household in Britain.

“Working with trusted, grassroots organisations enhances the work we do through our national campaign and will help to ensure that people who are over 65 and have no access to the internet, and may need additional support, understand and are able to benefit from smart meters.”

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