About Us

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.

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

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The British Gas Energy Trust provides grant funding to organisations offering specialist fuel debt/money advice services. Find you nearest funded advice organisation here.

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History & Aims



The British Gas Energy Trust was registered and launched as a charity in 2004 (charity number 1106218).

The aims of the British Gas Energy Trust are to promote for the public benefit:

The relief of poverty among those who are unable to meet or pay charges for the supply of energy to premises used or occupied by them

The education of the public in relation to debt awareness and prevention

To work with other UK trust funds and organisations to encourage good practice and consistency for the public good

The Trust receives funding solely from British Gas. The current annual donation for 2017/18 is £6 million. At the end of 2017 the total granted in awards by the Trust was over £103.3 Million.

The Trust operates independently of British Gas and is governed by a Board of Trustees who give their time freely. The administration of the Trust is undertaken by Charis Grants (Charis), on behalf of Trustees. CHaris is a company that develops ideas and identifying solution to aliviate finacial hardship.

The aims of the Trust are met in the following ways:

  • By administering a grants programme aimed at reducing energy debt for individuals and families experiencing poverty and hardship.
  • By increasing and improving free and impartial independent fuel debt and money advice services and education in England, Wales, and Scotland through the charity's Organisational Grant Programmes.
  • By reducing the potential for people to get into debt through the funding of debt prevention work.
  • By funding innovative and holistic programmes that balance energy efficient measures with wider welfare benefits take up and other interventions to improve the physical and mental health and well-being of vunerable people.
  • By ensuring the maximum amount of funds available for giving through the effective and efficient administration of theTrust.
Click here to view the Trustees' Strategic Plan 2018-2021