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Applying to the British Gas Energy Trust for a grant

The first step to getting financial help, is always to understand what support is available to you. Then, you should get professional money advice from a local advice centre as there may be a number of options to help your situation. Your local advice centre will also help you understand how you will manage your energy costs in future, which you’ll need to show when applying for a grant.

Step 1: Find the right support for you

Millions of households are not claiming the benefits they are entitled to. The Bounce Back Checklist details the main benefits and schemes available for those struggling with money and energy debt, whether you’re in work or not. It also lists specialist organisations that offer guidance and support on other issues you may be facing. Take a look at the Bounce Back Checklist to see what you may be entitled to and how to apply.

Step 2. Getting specialist money and energy advice local to you

We fund local advice centres across England, Scotland and Wales that specialise in money and energy debt. These specialist services include help with budget planning, resolving energy debt issues, and support with maximising income. This is also a great next step as your local advice centre can help you understand whether to apply for grants, and how to do it. Speaking to a friendly voice can help relieve the pressure and give you reassurance that you can take back control of your finances.

Step 3. Applying for a grant

If you’ve sought advice and still need help to get back on your feet, you may be eligible for a British Gas Energy Trust grant.

Individuals and families fund

To be considered for the individuals and families fund you must meet all the following criteria, or your application will not progress to assessment.

If you have previously applied and been unsuccessful you can re-apply if you’ve had a change in your circumstances.

You don’t have to be a British Gas customer to apply. but please note the majority of the grant budget is set aside for British Gas customers.

Some energy providers have their own customer trust fund, so check with your own supplier to see if they can support you first.

British Gas Energy Support Fund

The British Gas Energy Support Fund has been set up in response to the increasing cost of living and rising inflation. Through this fund, thousands of eligible British Gas customers with energy debt of between £250 – £750 will be able to apply for a grant to help pay what they owe.

To be considered for this grant, you need to be a British Gas customer and meet the following criteria:

What you’ll need

You will be able to save the application as you go along but you may find it helpful to have the following to hand before you start:

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Guidance for Money Advice services applying on behalf of, or supporting an application.

Please note that the British Gas Energy Trust is interested in funding applications where the applicant can show a sustainable position moving forward. We believe that it is rarely in the person’s best interest to seek a debt write-off, without dealing with the underlying problem of a deficit budget, due to this deficit budget’s will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, there is some allowance for marginal exceptions.

Please note where client’s would be eligible for a Bankruptcy or DRO, we expect this to have been explained to the client. Clients who are eligible for a DRO may not be successful in their application, as there is an alternative route to managing their debt.

The Trust expects that the money advice service who has supported the applicant, has ensured that all advice given and action taken by their agents or appointed representatives a) has regard to the best interests of the applicant b) is appropriate to the individual circumstances of the applicant c) is based on a sufficiently full assessment of the financial circumstances of the applicant.1

1 8.3.2 Consumer Credit Sourcebook, Financial Conduct Authority

Auriga is classed as grants management service provider.