Help the communities you support to make an informed choice about smart meters.


Smart Energy GB in Communities is part of Smart Energy GB’s campaign to inform and inspire people about smart meters and the benefits they can bring.

Through Smart Energy GB in Communities we are partnering with regional and local organisations from the voluntary and public sectors. These partnerships will help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn about smart meters, regardless of personal circumstance or where they live.

Smart Energy GB in Communities is providing a range of advice and support to our partners, including funding to help deliver projects and activities that engage their communities with the smart meter campaign.

In 2016, 62 Small grants were awarded to local organisations and 18 Large grants to regional organisations, from the Smart Energy GB in Communities fund.

The programme supports those who might find it difficult to engage with the smart meter rollout. In 2017, we are targeting funding and support to people over the age of 65 who have no personal internet access.


The Small grant is for charities and other not-for-profit organisations whose projects are directly engaging with people from Smart Energy GB’s priority group at a localised level within their local community. This could involve a range of activities, including: visible events within your communities; training frontline workers from other organisations; or adding value by extending existing events or services. Awards under this programme will be from £500 up to £5,000.

The second round of Small grants is now open for applications. This is the final round of funding in 2017.

Funding for Round 2 is limited and we will only be able to fund a small number of grants in this round.

The dates for this round are as follows:

Applications open
14 August 2017
Applications close
13 September 2017, midday
Communication of outcome           
 Week commencing 9 October 2017
Projects commence
 Week commencing 9 October 2017
Projects delivered by
 8 December 2017

applications have now closed.


We are seeking applications from regionally or locally based not-for-profit organisations that can reach and deliver support to people over the age of 65 who have no personal internet access.

You will have a trusted voice in your community and will provide education, reassurance and direct support to people in our priority group to help them address barriers around confidence in new technology with reference to smart meters.

Further details are provided in the application guidance, which you should consult before beginning your application.


Read the fund Overview to help you decide whether the fund is right for you. Find out how to apply by going to the next section.

Please note: When applying, you will be directed to our carefully selected service provider (Buzzacott) to enter your details. Your data will only be used for the purposes of assessing your organisation's suitablility for this programme and to inform you of related services provided by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and our partners, where you have consented for us to do so. Please refer to the Privacy Policies of CAF and Buzzacott for more information on how your data will be used.


Please read the Small grant application guidance before completing the application form.

If you have already started your application, you can return to your saved form here.

Should you have any questions about the Small grant, then call us on 03000 123 346 or email us.

Want to know more?


If you have any questions, call us on 03000 123 346.

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Smart Energy GB partner Resource centre

Smart Energy GB’s partner Resource centre hosts free materials and support that partners can use to spread the word about smart meters.

Who delivers the programme?

Smart Energy GB in Communities is delivered by a consortium of charities: National Energy Action, Energy Action Scotland and CAF.

About CAF

CAF is managing this fund, providing voluntary organisations with grants to help engage their communities in the smart meter rollout.

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