Electrical Fire Safety Fund

Electrical Fire Safety Fund

About the Fund

Electrical Safety First has made up to £80,000 available to help fund electrical fire prevention initiatives through partnership working at local level.

The Fund aims to provide direct benefit to local communities through project-based partnerships which will deliver outcomes that, in the long term, will contribute to a reduction in the number of electrically-related accidental fires and associated injuries in UK homes.

Grants of £5,000 per organization are available to consumer safety organisations in the community, such as Fire & Rescue Services, Trading Standards teams and charities, to deliver effective fire prevention measures at local level aimed at tackling the causes of fires in homes that are started by electricity. In exceptional circumstances we may consider larger funding amounts of up to £20k for joint and/or bigger projects.

Preference will be given to projects that seek to address the risks of fires associated with electrical products and appliances and/or those that display an innovative and creative approach.

How to apply

Complete your online application here by midnight on Friday 3 April 2020.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide further information in a Project Plan.

Note: It is compulsory to supply Electrical Safety First with at least one case study and details of media coverage.

Who can apply?

You can apply for funding if your organisation is a:

  • Fire and rescue service
  • Trading Standards
  • Community safety organisation
  • Other not-for-profit organisation

You are not eligible for funding if you are a/an:

  • Commercial organisation
  • Individual

Judging criteria

Applications will be judged by a selection panel using the following criteria:

  • Need for the project: what electrical fire safety issue(s) your project aims to address and explain how they relate to your own community’s local issues; This year, preference will be given to projects that seek to address the problems of misuse and/or lack of maintenance of electrical products.
  • Planned outcomes of your project: what changes, improvements, benefits or other outcomes your project aims to achieve
  • Objectives: assessment of how closely the set of planned activities will help to deliver the intended project outcomes.
  • Planned outcome targets: assessment of how realistic the targets are to achieve the project outcomes. ESF will expect applications to provide indicators as to how the success of the project will be measured. These targets need to be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based).

Preference will be given to applications that best meet the above criteria.

  • Audience(s)/beneficiaries: the people your project aims to reach and support:
    • The number of people to be reached: i.e. number of people it is expected your project activity will be promoted to;
    • The number of people who will benefit from the project: i.e. number of people expected to directly benefit from your project.  (This number may be smaller than the number the project is to be promoted to).
  • Geographical spread of projects:  The combined number of applications received from across the UK will be considered as a whole to ensure that there is a good geographical spread of awards across the UK, and that they include areas having greater need.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Applications must be received by Friday 3 April 2020. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
  2. Only one application per organisation will be accepted.
  3. Grant awards will be capped at £5,000 per organisation.
  4. The decision of the judges is final.
  5. The signed Funding Agreement must be returned to us by the deadline given. Failure to do so may result in your funding being revoked.
  6. If your organisation has previously been awarded an Electrical Safety First grant, it will only be eligible for an award this year if past funded activities were successfully completed and evaluated. It will also have to demonstrate how the proposed project will improve on past experiences.
  7. An Evaluation Report will be sent to successful applicants to record the progress of their activities. This includes a section for press coverage/publicity which must be undertaken – see Media Toolkit for more information.
  8. Successful applicants will also receive a case study form in their Media Toolkit which is intended to assist in the collection of case studies. This information should be returned through the Evaluation Report.                     

Data capture

Please read the paragraph below and tick the box on the application form if you agree to Electrical Safety First using your details to contact you.

As a charity, Electrical Safety First is interested in speaking to people about their experience of electrical safety.  From time to time, we may wish to contact you for research purposes, to help us improve safety advice and develop campaign activities. We may also use some of these case studies on our website and in other media whilst not disclosing the identity of persons concerned.

Electrical Safety First contact details

If you would like further information and/or clarification on any aspect relating to Electrical Safety First’s Electrical Fire Safety Fund, please contact:


Ellen Vester

Stakeholder and Events Manager

Email: ellen.vester@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk