First Utility is helping vulnerable families and individuals across the UK

The First Utility Foundation is a charitable trust funded and created by First Utility, the UK’s largest independent energy supplier.The foundation was set up to give something back to the community

We support projects that make a genuine difference to the lives of vulnerable families and individuals across the UK by awarding grants to charitable schemes that can deliver real improvements to quality of life.

First Utility is putting 1% of its annual profits into the Foundation. We care about our communities and we want to make a genuine difference to those who need help the most. That is why the First Utility Foundation’s grants focus on causes and charities which work tirelessly to make a real difference to the lives of those who are most vulnerable in society.

If you run or would like to recommend a charity or non-profit organisation, and have a proven track record of delivering innovative care to those who need it most, then we would like to hear from you.

The First Utility Foundation has awarded grants for a diverse range of projects. So far these have included:

  • Schemes which have focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities
  • Projects to help the elderly
  • Programmes which have had a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable families and children

Some really strong projects were supported in 2015, and we hope that next year will be equally positive. As First Utility grows, so does the Foundation which means more grants can be awarded and help even more people.

We specifically support projects which:

Focus on making life better for those with a disability

Improve the quality of life of older people

Aid vulnerable families, children and individuals

Apply for a grant

View the guidelines for grant applicants
Download an application form

Who can apply for a grant?

There are two categories of grants: ‘small grants’, for values between £3,000- £10,000 per annum, and ‘flagship grants’, for amounts up to £20,000 per annum.

Amounts awarded depend on the amount requested, the scale of the project in question and the resources available within the Foundation. The final decision is made by the Board of Trustees.

Recommend A Charity

The Trustees of the charity have suggested that we reach out to you, our customers and employees, to see whether you have suggestions as to which charities you think best help the vulnerable – families and children, people with disabilities and older people in the UK.

Our Trustees


Dr John Roberts CBE

John is Non-Executive Chairman of Royal Bank of Canada (Europe) Limited and Chairman of the Halite Energy Group Limited, Electricity Northwest and First Utility Limited. From 1999 to 2006 he was Chief Executive of United Utilities plc, having previously been Chief Executive of Manweb plc and then Hyder Utilities.


Fiona Dawe CBE FRSA

Fiona has worked in a wide variety of voluntary sector organisations over the last thirty years, eleven of which as Chief Executive of YouthNet, the UK’s first not-for-profit Youthnet runs, the award-winning guide to life for 16- to 25-year-olds and, until the end of 2013, the National Volunteering Database, called Do-it.


Dr Anthony White MBE

Dr. Anthony White has worked in the utility and finance sectors since leaving Oxford University with a Doctorate in Physics in 1977. His professional interests include the valuation of generating assets in liberalized power markets, the evolution of energy markets in a carbon constrained world and the development of network regulation.


Ed Kamm

Ed Kamm is responsible for the overall customer experience at First Utility, the UK’s fastest growing independent energy supplier, bringing disruption and fresh thinking to the energy industry.He joined First Utility in 2012. Ed has a strong and diverse background across eCommerce, customer experience, marketing, operations, and finance.

Contact Details

For any questions or queries regarding the Foundation please contact us via the information given below :

Fiona Paré – Director, First Utility Foundation, c/o Ed Kamm – Trustee, First Utility, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HA


Tel: +44 (0) 7879 464 531