Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers

The Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (Energy Redress Scheme) opens its thirteenth round of funding, making £11.5 million available to charities across the UK, excluding Northern Ireland.

Grants will be awarded to further actions that work towards a just transition and reduce the climate emergency’s impact on energy use.

The Energy Redress Scheme, led and performed by Energy Saving Trust, collects voluntary payments from companies that may have breached Ofgem administered rules. The preferences of the Scheme are to help energy consumers in vulnerable situations, develop innovative goods or services and empower customers to decrease their carbon emissions.

The scheme allows charities to apply for funding to deliver energy-related projects through four different funding streams to assure projects of a similar kind and scale are assessed against each other. Ready in this round is £5.75 million.

  • The Main Fund contains £3.5 million – aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £1 million that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Small Project Fund contains £500,000 – aimed at projects seeking grants between £20,000 to £50,000 that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • Innovation Fund contains £862,500 – aimed at projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit households. Applicants can apply for grants between £50,000 to £650,000.
  • Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund contains £862,500 – aimed at projects that empower householders to reduce their carbon emissions and engage positively with the transition to net zero. The fund awards grants between £50,000 to £650,000.
  • On top of this the Winter Energy Fund will provide up to £10 million which will be  distributed through eligible charities this winter. It is dedicated to pre-payment meter customers who are at risk of self-disconnection. £5.75 million of that comes from the funding being announced today, with the remainder coming from the next funding round.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 15 November 2021.

British Council International Collaboration Grants

British Council have launched the International Collaboration Grants, a £3.5m programme of grants now available to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate internationally.

Building on the success of the pilot fund, British Council are now launching International Collaboration Grants to support UK and international organisations to work together on digital, face-to-face, and/or hybrid artistic projects.

The grants are designed to support artists to make and develop creative artwork with their international peers and encourage new international partnerships and innovative ways of collaborating.

Small grants of £5-20k and large grants of £20-75k are available now to UK and international organisations.

“Applications must demonstrate genuine international collaboration and an explicit benefit to individual artists and international partners, and projects should address significant contemporary themes, from climate change to global challenges,” British Council said.

Eligible Countries / Territories UK in partnership with:

Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi, Spain, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan,Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, and Vietnam


All applicants must submit their application digitally via the application link by 4 November 2021.

For more details.

UK and International Social Relief Projects

UK Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for international social relief projects. Didymus, the grant making charity, will award funding for projects that support work amongst disadvantaged communities in the UK, Africa, and Central and South America which which fulfils one of the charity’s five goals:

  • Encouraging social inclusion
  • Advancing education
  • Developing the arts
  • Advancing equality and diversity
  • Promoting religious understanding.

Funding is also available for existing projects of smaller charities to ensure their long-term viability. 

Applications may be made at any time until noon on the 31st December 2021 to be considered at the next Trustee’s meeting in February 2022.

Useful Links:

Grant Making Policy

Online Eligibility Quiz

Frequently Asked Questions

EIC Pathfinder Open 2021

You should apply to this call if you are looking for support from EIC Pathfinder Open to realise an ambitious vision for radically new technology, with potential to create new markets and/or to address global challenges. EIC Pathfinder Open supports early stage development of such future technologies (e.g. various activities at low Technology Readiness Levels 1-4), based on high-risk/high-gain science-towards-technology breakthrough research (including ‘deep-tech’). This research must provide the foundations of the technology you are envisioning.

EIC Pathfinder Open may support your work, especially if it is highly risky: you may set out to try things that will not work; you may be faced with questions that nobody knows the answer to yet; you may realise that there are many aspects of the problem that you do not master. On the contrary, if the path you want to follow is incremental by nature or known, EIC Pathfinder Open will not support you.

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LIFE programme: EU earmarks €121 million for major Integrated Projects

The European Commission has announced that it will invest €121 million in Integrated Projects under the LIFE programme, a 20% budget increase from last year.

The new LIFE programme will cover nature & biodiversity, circular economy & quality of life, climate change mitigation and adaption and clear energy transition.

A call for proposals will be announced in the upcoming months with the deadline for applications foreseen for late autumn 2021.

The projects contribute to the green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support the European Green Deal’s objective of making the EU the first climate-neutral continent by 2030. They also add to key European Green Deal components including the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the EU Circular Economy Action Plan.

Find out more in the press release.

The EIC Accelerator: new changes in Horizon Europe starting 2021

The EIC Accelerator funding scheme targets deep tech startups with completely new ideas underpinned by a business plan to roll out marketable innovation solutions and dreams to scale up.

The scheme offers up to €17,5 million in the financing, blending grants and equity-based investments. Running as a pilot programme within Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the EIC has become one of the most prosperous funding schemes worldwide.

It will continue to run for the future Horizon Europe (2021-2027), with the EU pledging over €10 billion. While the EIC Accelerator was considered a highly selective program with only the very best proposals getting funded, it has fallen victim to its own success.

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Ira-SME 27th Call for Proposals

The purpose of this document is to provide interested parties with information on the 27th IraSME call for R&D proposals. It is targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research and technology organisations (RTOs) which jointly conduct international research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI) projects.

The main objective of IraSME is to strengthen the competitive capacity of SMEs by:

  • increasing collaboration between SMEs from different countries,
  • increasing cooperation between SMEs and RTOs,
  • increasing cooperative and competitive capabilities of SMEs to work in international R&D networks,
  • supporting them in developing new products, processes or technical services that exceed the existing state of the art and have good market opportunities by lowering the economical risks.
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Strengthening the role of social partners in mitigating the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis

This call for proposals is financed under the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” 2014-20201 which is a European-level financing instrument managed directly by the European Commission to contribute to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, by providing financial support for the Union’s objectives in terms of promoting a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

The 2020 annual work programme for grants and procurement for the European Union Programme for EaSI was adopted on 30 October 2019 as Commission Decision C(2019) 7630, and was amended on 22 April 2020 by Commission Decision C(2020) 2377 and 8 December 2020 by Commission Decision C(2020) 8560. Commission Decision C(2020) 8560 introduced in section II.2 Grants, point 2.3.6b. the basis for this call.

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