Smart Energy GB Programme

Training & Funding Up To £25,000

NEA is pleased to announce that the 2019 Smart Energy GB programme launches on the 7th March, with support and funding being targeted to organisations reaching people over the age of 65

NEA, along with our sister fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland (EAS), leads part of Smart Energy GB’s partnerships programme working at local and regional level with trusted intermediaries to engage people who might otherwise experience a barrier to engaging with the smart meter rollout. Programme activities include training, funding and free resources to support engagement activities.

Support For The Over 65s

Insight tells us that older people are less likely to take up a smart meter than any other age group. Despite evidence that the over 65s are well informed about smart meters, they have the highest levels of concern about them amongst the GB population.

Areas most concerning for older people include technical issues with smart meters and their installation; in particular, switching. This year, the Smart Energy GB in Communities programme aims to engage with trusted partners supporting people over 65 to help address their concerns.

Organisations helping people over the age of 65 could benefit from grants of up to £25,000

We Are Looking For Applications!

We are seeking applications from large, regionally based organisations, ideally with local networks and with substantial face-to-face reach, that can deliver support to people over the age of 65. Housing associations and local authorities are eligible to apply too

We are looking for applicants that have a trusted voice in their community and can provide support to people aged 65+ to help them address their concerns and increase the number of people over 65 getting a smart meter.

Full details are included in our Guidance Document on the NEA website. Please read this before completing an application form and Project Plan. If you have any queries please contact us.

All applications should be completed using the application form and Project Plan. The deadline is Tuesday 9th April 2019 and all applications should be submitted electronically to We aim to appoint successful projects in late May, with delivery running until 11th December 2019.