The fifth round of the Energy Redress Scheme saw over £4.2mn awarded to 30 charities across England, Scotland and Wales, it was announced by Energy Saving Trust on 15 January.
The scheme, which redistributes voluntary payments from energy companies, received over 110 applications. The successful charities included the Scotland-based Wheatley Foundation, which received £229,250 to aid the provision of enhanced energy advice services to vulnerable social housing tenants across central Scotland. Angus Housing Association was awarded £188,024 towards the cost of upgrading the internal heating system in 36 properties. Other successful applications included the Citizens Advice Bureau for both Edinburgh and Stirling District, which received £103,481 and £51,007 respectively to support their services for vulnerable consumers.
Round 6 is anticipated to open on 22 January with a deadline for applications on 19 February. Round 7 will be open to applicants in April 2020. The total amount of funding available for these two rounds is currently at £17mn.