This section will give you advice on who can apply, how to apply and where you can find additional help and advice. Please use the information to help you through the application process.

Applications to the British Gas Energy Trust are welcomed from individuals and families in need, suffering or other distress and are not restricted to customers of British / Scottish Gas. However you must be living within England, Scotland or Wales to be eligible to apply. Unfortunately the Trust cannot accept applications from residents of Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.

The Trust prioritises help to applicants who are clearly struggling to pay their domestic gas and electricity bills.

Due to severe pressure on the Trust's budgets, awards will only be made to the highest priority cases e.g. applicants in extreme hardship with exceptional/multiple vunerabilities.

Only the account holder can apply for a grant to clear gas and/or electricity debt. If the account holder is unable to complete the application form, an explanation must be given why someone else is doing so on their behalf.

We strongly recommend you seek money / debt advice before applying to the Trust to increase your chance of a successful application. Please use the link on the right of this page which provides a list of local advisers.


Are you eligible for help from any other Trust?

The British Gas Energy Trust is part of a 'Shared Programme of Giving' with a number of other utility trusts and funds. By applying to the British Gas Energy Trust you will automatically be considered for help from any trust or fund within the shared programme. For more information go to

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The easiest way for an individual to apply is via the Trust’s online application form

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