Energy Bill Relief Scheme
This government scheme provides energy bill relief for businesses and other non-domestic customers, including voluntary sector organisations and charities.
- The government announced a new scheme to run from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. For the new scheme, price thresholds have been set at £302 per per megawatt hour for electricity and £107 per megawatt hour for gas.
Energy and Trade Intensive Industries will receive a higher level of support, subject to a maximum discount. This applies to four categories that fall within the VCSE sector. These are: Library and archive activities; Museum activities; Operation of historical sites and buildings and similar visitor attractions; Botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserve activities.
- The support will automatically be applied to all eligible bills. You do not need to apply for the scheme.
- The Charity Excellence Framework has outlined a number of funding opportunities from Charitable Trusts and Foundations to support charities, non-profits & community groups through the crisis. Click here to read the article
- Don't forget that at Community Action, we provide a funding advice and information service for community groups and voluntary organisations. Click here for more information
Managing Financial Difficulties
The Government has published information on managing financial difficulties at charities during the cost of living crisis.
Reduced VAT for Charities
Charities registered with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are entitled to a reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) charge of 5% on their energy bills.
- As a charity, you must register for VAT with HMRC if your VAT taxable turnover is more than £85,000.
- You can choose to register if it’s below this, for example if you want to reclaim VAT on your supplies.
- Charity Digital article: How charities can save on energy bills
- Charities Aid Foundation article: Cutting your charity’s energy costs: what you need to know today
- Cost of living Help and Guidance from NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations)
Credit where credit's due - some of the information on this page was found on the NCVO website, here.