The EDF Energy Trust, established in 2003, is an independent Charitable Trust, charity number 1099446. It was the first utility trust of its kind.
The Trust contributes to the relief of poverty with a particular focus on fuel poverty and helping families and individuals who are struggling to pay for their domestic supply of gas and electricity.
The Trust provides a significant difference to the lives of those in need by awarding grants to clear energy debts. In exceptional circumstances help is also available for energy efficient white goods and other priority debts. The Trust also funds charitable organisations to provide money and fuel debt services.
How we can Help
The EDF Energy Trust helps families and individuals living in fuel poverty, suffering or other distress who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity bill by awarding grants to clear those debts. The aim of the Trust is to give vulnerable individuals a fresh start and financial stability enabling them to remain free of fuel debts going forward. In addition, the Trust also provides grants called Further Assistance Payments to clear gas and electricity debts to other suppliers, purchase energy efficient white goods and Bankruptcy deposits/Debt Relief Orders (DRO's). The Trust also offers grants to money/debt advice organisations to increase money and debt advice services in local communities.
Apply for a grant
Anyone seeking help from the Trust must fill in the Trust’s application form. Applicants are strongly recommended to seek money advice before applying.
Those requiring help to complete the form should contact a local advice agency. In particular the Trust funds 3 advice agencies located in Southen England to provide money/debt advice and help submit quality applications to the Trust. Click here for details.
Who we are
The EDF Energy Trust is governed by a board of independent Trustees, who give their time freely.
EDF Energy is the sole funder of the Trust. Their financial commitment in 2016 is £4.5 million.
Since the launch of the Trust in 2003 over 39,000 awards have been made to vulnerable individuals and families totalling over £15.9 million.
How we can Help
The Trust awards grants to individuals and families to:
- Clear domestic gas and electricity debts owed to EDF Energy and to other suppliers.
- Purchase essential energy efficient household items, e.g. washing machines, cookers.
- Bankruptcy/DRO, Sequestration and Minimal Asset Process fees.
How to apply for a Grant
The easiest way to apply for a grant is via the Trust’s online application form.
Alternatively you can print an application form to complete by hand which can be sent to the Trust’s freepost address.
We cannot begin to assess an application until all supporting documentation is provided.