The History of the Trust
The British Gas Energy Trust (BGET), which incorporates the Scottish Gas Energy Trust, is an independent Charitable Trust established in 2004 and is funded solely by British Gas. Since the launch of the Trust in 2004, over £78million has been spent helping over 150,000 people manage their energy costs.
The Trust is governed by an independent Board of voluntary Trustees; who bring with them a range of relevant experience from within the money advice, energy, charitable and financial sectors.
British Gas Energy Trust exists for:
- The relief of poverty particularly among those who are unable to meet or pay charges for the supply of energy provided to premises used or occupied by them.
- The prevention and relief of poverty by educating the public in relation to debt awareness and prevention.
The Trust contributes to the relief of poverty, with a particular focus on fuel poverty. It’s main focus is helping families and individuals experiencing hardship who are struggling with energy debts by awarding grants to address the debt; funding emergency fuel credit and boiler replacements, and funding third sector and social enterprises across England, Wales and Scotland who provide fuel debt and money advice services within a wide range of communities.
The British Gas Energy Trust currently has two main grant giving programmes which run until March 2021 – an “Individuals and Families Grants Programme” and an “Organisational Grants Programme”.
These programmes support the Trust to successfully achieve their charitable objectives & have a valuable, positive impact on the lives of vulnerable people.
Source: Charity Commission Annual Report 2019
Through the current Organisational Grants Programme the British Gas Energy Trust funds 17 organisations across England, Scotland & Wales, over 1 year the Organisational Grants Programme delivered the following impact: