The EDF Energy Trust is a registered charity operating since 2003, to help individuals and families in need, poverty, suffering and other distress who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity debts. Applications to the Trust are accepted from current domestic account holders of EDF Energy (the person/persons named on the bill).

The Trust helps by giving grants:  

  • To clear gas and electricity debts owed to EDF Energy.
  • To clear gas and electricity debts owed to other suppliers. 
  • For Bankruptcy / Debt Relief Order (DRO), Sequestration and Minimal Asset Process fees, purchase essential energy efficient white goods and cookers (these payments are known as FAPs (Further Assistance Payments)). 

The aim of the Trust is to give vulnerable individuals and families a fresh start to enable them to keep free of debt going forward. Applicants are strongly advised to seek money advice before applying to the Trust.

In addition the Trust operates an Organisational Grant Programme offering grants to charitable advice agencies to increase money / debt advice and fuel debt prevention services available in communities, including the practical support of applying to the EDF Energy Trust, if appropriate.

The Trust receives donations from EDF Energy, but is governed by a Board of Trustees which is completely independent of the donor company.


Annual Reports for the Trust can be viewed here


Who Runs EDFEnergy Trust

Although the Trust receives donations from EDF Energy, it is governed by a Board of Trustees completely independent of the donor company.

The Trustees set the policy, and control and monitor the Trust's activities but have entered into an agreement for the administration of the charity with Charis Grants Ltd, a company with extensive grant management experience. Who operate schemes under their Let's Talk Brand

History & Aims

The EDF Energy Trust has been operating since October 2003. During this time the Trust has made over 39,000 awards totaling over £15.9 million in grants to vulnerable individuals and families.

The Organisational Grant Programme has also made over 140 awards to agencies totaling approximately £2 million.

The Trust aims to improve the quality of people’s lives by helping to reduce the burden of debt, giving them the opportunity of a fresh start and to manage future bills.