Each year, Electrical Safety First awards funding under its Home Improvement Grants Scheme and Electrical Fire Safety Fund. The schemes enable funded partners to offer direct support to vulnerable groups and raise awareness of electrical safety issues in local communities.
The schemes are now in their fourth year and have, to date, awarded over £1 million in grants, directly benefitting over 110,000 people and reaching over 2.5 million through awareness projects.
Please note: The applications process for the next round of grants will not be open until early 2015.
Home Improvement Grants Scheme
The scheme is run with the support of the national bodies for Home Improvement and Care & Repair Agencies: Foundations (England), Care & Repair Scotland, Care & Repair Cymru and Gable (Shelter) in Northern Ireland. Their support means that the scheme reaches every eligible agency in the UK, giving them the opportunity to apply for funding.
Eligible beneficiaries of the grants are:
- home owners over 60 years of age, who are on means-tested benefit and/or state pension (with no other income) and/or registered disabled;
- home owners who are 21 years of age or over and who are registered disabled.
In 2013/14, £80,000 was awarded to organisations across the UK.
Electrical Fire Safety Fund
The fund supports the delivery of project-based fire prevention initiatives in local communities. These aim to effectively tackle the causes of electrical fires by increasing the public’s awareness of electrical safety and promoting appropriate behavior changes that will lead to the safe use of electrical appliances and installations.
In 2013/14, 29 projects received awards from a total fund of £130,000.
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about either scheme and how to apply for funding, please contact Pat Sheldrake at firstname.lastname@example.org