Finance Score: 1
Governance Score: 8
Support Score: 13
  • Poor Liquidity: -1
  • Strong growth: +2
  • 12+ Trustees: -1
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +13
Overall GiG Score: 22 ?

CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY 

CSE's mission is to advance sustainable energy policy and practice. CSE seeks energy solutions that engage people and communities to meet real needs for both environmentally sound and affordable energy services. Ending the misery of cold homes and enabling action to tackle the threat of climate change are core objectives.Work is delivered in partnership with many agencies.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • There has been strong growth in spending over the last 5 years
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • This charity is not recognised by HMRC for Gift Aid according to its latest published return
  • One or more trustees receive payments or benefits from the charity for providing services to the charity
  • There are 13 trustees whereas the Charities Commission recommends a maximum of 12

Financial issues to consider:

  • Liquidity appears to have been slender at the latest year end

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/03/23£6,004£5,789£215£0£1,007£1,0072.110220
31/03/22£4,319£4,731£-413£0£792£79229220
31/03/21£3,992£3,791£201£0£1,205£1,2053.87420
31/03/20£3,541£3,318£223£0£1,004£1,0043.65525
31/03/19*£2,723£2,561£162£0£781£7813.74727
31/03/18£2,020£2,107£-87£0£618£6183.5480
31/03/17£1,903£1,890£13£0£705£7054.5410
31/03/16£1,908£2,128£-220£0£692£6763.8500
31/03/15£2,177£2,273£-96£6£912£8944.7480
31/03/14£2,277£2,364£-87£6£1,009£9785470
31/03/13£2,146£2,084£62£143£1,096£1,0966.3430
31/03/12£2,146£2,084£62£151£884£8845.1400
31/03/11£2,093£2,104£-11£150£823£8234.7420
31/03/10£2,385£2,145£240£133£834£8344.7450
31/03/09£2,266£2,329£-63£160£594£5943.1450
31/03/08£2,291£2,222£68£26£657£6573.5400
31/03/07*£1,555£1,455£100£23£588£5884.9330
31/03/06£1,295£1,246£49£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/05*£1,283£1,153£130£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/04*£1,291£1,262£28£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 0%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 0%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 4%
Highest pay band: £70,000-£80,000
Liabilities/Assets: 64%
Liabilities/Income: 29%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 100%
Reserves/Spending: 2.1 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 2 months
Quick Ratio: 0.7
Asset Split ?
Established: 36 years

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UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
GiG Classification
  • Climate emergency
How it operates
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Other charitable activities
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides services
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • Other Defined Groups
  • People Of A Particular Ethnic Or Racial Origin
  • People With Disabilities
  • The General Public/Mankind

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
Wiltshire Community Foundation£351,170
The Blagrave Trust£288,000
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy£278,675
Esmee Fairbairn£98,513
Quartet Community Foundation£96,470
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
The Blagrave Trust - Regional Partnership Grants
£105,000 30/06/2023
Young Expert Citizens
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
£7,500 02/06/2023
Ad directed by the donor towards debt advice work.
The Blagrave Trust - Regional Partnership Grants
£93,000 31/03/2023
Bright Green Futures
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Centre for Sustainable Energy
£6,000 27/02/2023
Towards unrestricted core costs as a Cost of Living Uplift
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
£10,000 08/02/2023
For targeted engagement and promotion of warm homes support for older people in Bristol, as well as advice to reduce energy costs and improve the warmth of homes.
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
£250 08/02/2023
Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
Wiltshire Community Foundation - Grant to Centre for Sustainable Energy
£26,908 05/01/2023
Fuel grants for elderly and vulnerable individuals in Swindon between January and March 2023.
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
£20,000 31/10/2022
to increase the capacity of a part-time case worker for the WHAM service.
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
£10,000 31/10/2022
For CSE to update their resources and materials to reflect the most relevant advice during the current crisis and make them more accessible.
Somerset Community Foundation - Providing direct financial support to help older people stay warm over the winter
£10,000 27/10/2022
Grant to Centre for Sustainable Energy
Wiltshire Community Foundation - Surviving Winter 2022-23
£83,487 21/10/2022
Fuel grants for elderly and vulnerable individuals during winter period
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Centre for Sustainable Energy
£60,000 29/06/2022
Towards core costs for Planning Locally to Address the Climate Emergency (PLACE) - all communities can realise their power to lead and influence effective place-based action on the climate crises
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
£5,850 07/06/2022
Ad directed by the donor towards debt advice work.
Wiltshire Community Foundation - Energy Support Grants
£74,880 24/05/2022
Fuel grants for elderly between May - September 2022
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Household and Community Solar Assessment Calculator
£278,675 01/04/2022
Full Grant details (including summaries) can be found on the Gateway to Research website: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=10031960
The Blagrave Trust - Bright Green Futures
£90,000 31/03/2022
Training and support for young people from BME backgrounds in environmental work
Wiltshire Community Foundation - Surviving Winter
£13,051 10/03/2022
Fuel grants for elderly and vulnerable individuals during winter period in Swindon only
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
£5,000 21/12/2021
3
To provide emergency relief grants for vulnerable older people who cannot afford to heat and power their homes.
Gower Street - Rapid Response Fund
£5,000 22/11/2021
EFN Rapid Response Fund
Wiltshire Community Foundation - Surviving Winter
£37,593 16/11/2021
Fuel grants for elderly and vulnerable individuals during winter period.
Somerset Community Foundation - Surviving Winter - small grants to help older people stay warm this winter
£5,400 29/10/2021
Surviving Winter - small grants to help older people stay warm this winter
Wiltshire Community Foundation - Surviving Winter
£44,960 14/10/2021
Fuel grants for elderly and vulnerable individuals during winter period.
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
£4,875 10/06/2021
Ad directed by the donor towards debt advice work.
Quartet Community Foundation - Surviving Winter in B&NES ABLE Grant
£2,000 23/03/2021
To provide emergency relief grants for vulnerable older people who are unable or cannot afford to heat and power their home.
Quartet Community Foundation - Staying warm together: Developing warm homes service for older and multi-generational South Asian households
£19,975 17/02/2021
13
Toward the co-designing of warm homes support services for multi-generational South Asian households in Bristol through focused research and engagement to understand context, needs, priorities and ....more
Somerset Community Foundation - Surviving Winter 2020/21
£4,500 21/12/2020
2
Small grants to help older people stay warm in winter
Wiltshire Community Foundation - Surviving Winter Grants Programme
£25,331 16/12/2020
Emergency vouchers and support services for vulnerable individuals during winter period for Wiltshire residents only. Extending programme until end of May 2021.
Somerset Community Foundation - COVID19 Additional staffing for triage and casework
£3,650 14/12/2020
3
Grant to Centre for Sustainable Energy
Wiltshire Community Foundation - Surviving Winter Grants Programme
£44,960 23/10/2020
Emergency vouchers and support services for vulnerable individuals during winter period.
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£49,395 02/09/2020
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to ....more
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to Centre For Sustainable Energy
£9,020 28/05/2020
To provide crisis funding for households in fuel poverty and financial hardship in Bristol and North Somerset.
Somerset Community Foundation - COVID19 Emergency energy pre-payment top-up vouchers for vulnerable people
£3,500 22/05/2020
2
Emergency energy pre-payment top-up vouchers for vulnerable people during coronavirus
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Centre for Sustainable Energy
£32,513 05/05/2020
6
towards unrestricted core costs as a COVID-19 Fast Response grant
Quartet Community Foundation - Emergency relief grants for older people in winter cold crisis
£2,000 18/09/2019
6
To offer crisis winter grants to older people in B&NES during the winter months.
National Lottery Community Fund - Energy Volunteers
£10,000 07/12/2018
12
The funding will be used to provide volunteer support and outreach. The project aims to educate beneficiaries about energy efficiency in order to reduce fuel poverty.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - ALB - UKRI - Waste Food-Energy-Water Urban Living Lab - Mapping and Reducing Waste in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
£12,359 01/04/2018
Full Grant details (including summaries) can be found on the Gateway to Research website: https://gtr.ukri.org/projectsref=620146
Quartet Community Foundation - One Worry Less
£5,000 21/12/2017
For the One Worry Less scheme which provides support for lone-parent households to improve their financial capability and avoid fuel and water debt, with face-to-face advice and support.
Quartet Community Foundation - EASE for Radstock & Midsomer Norton
£4,240 13/12/2017
11
Toward the cost of providing door-to-door energy advice (with follow-up support offered), and 2 energy advice events in the Radstock and Midsomer Norton areas.
National Lottery Community Fund - Targeting fuel poverty
£9,996 06/09/2017
12
The funding will be used to improve the capacity of community groups to deliver fuel poverty projects locally, through improved training materials, partnership working and using measuring tools to ....more
Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Grant to Centre for Sustainable Energy
£60,929 15/07/2017
36
Community Energy for Everyone
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Centre for Sustainable Energy
£189,106 06/07/2017
36
Towards the costs of a project to introduce stronger responsibilities in local and neighbourhood plans to consider environmental impact and solutions.
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Bringing local energy benefits to deprived communities
£29,000 06/01/2017
12
To explore how low income communities can be better engaged with community renewable energy projects to improve their economic resilience.
Friends Provident Foundation - Centre for Sustainable Energy - Building capacity for energy resilience in deprived areas
£154,000 13/09/2016
Local economic resilience depends on people understanding - and changing - the way energy is supplied and used in their vicinity. Our action research project will explore different ways to achieve ....more
Mark Leonard Trust - Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration
£10,000 10/05/2016
Towards the Bristol Smart Energy City project
J J Charitable Trust - Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration
£10,000 10/05/2016
Towards the Bristol Smart Energy City project.
National Lottery Community Fund - Energy Accessibility SErvice (EASE)
£428,044 29/07/2015
47
This project will support disabled people across the South West who live in cold homes, struggle to pay for their fuel and water bills or need additional assistance to stay warm at home. In-depth, ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Warmer Improved Somerset Homes (WISH)
£297,272 16/07/2013
36
This is a project by Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) which aims to give people living in rural Somerset (who are in debt or on low incomes) a better quality of life as a result of improved access ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Centre for Sustainable Energy
£49,029 09/05/2012
Towards the Open Data Collaboration Initiative, which is designed to collate and make available to the public information likely to lead to better energy policy and cheaper fuel bills for ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Older Person's Energy Network
£298,613 14/09/2011
36
The project will help thousands of older people living in fuel poverty. It will encourage people to make behavioural changes that will reduce their energy use and fuel debt, improve their access to ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Creating Engaging Energy Advice Materials (CREEAM)
£10,000 17/03/2011
12
This charity in Southville, Bristol will use funding to create new materials and resources that will enable them to demonstrate how to heat homes in a more efficient way. This will build capacity for ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (13)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 23-73
  • BILL HULL Appointed: 2015, Occupation: Solicitor
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 08/03/1988, number: 298740
  • Registered at Companies House on 10/02/1988, number: 02219673
Gift Aid
  • NOT registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
20 returns made; AR19: 3 days late, AR07: 0 days late, AR05: 1 days late, AR04: 1 days late,
Main office

ST JAMES COURT
ST JAMES PARADE
BRISTOL
BS1 3LH

Objectives

THE OBJECTS FOR WHICH THE CENTRE IS ESTABLISHED ARE;A) TO PROMOTE, ORGANISE, CARRY OUT AND ENCOURAGE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC EDUCATION, DEMONSTRATION, AND RESEARCH IN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ENERGY AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND THEREBY INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF ENERGY IN ALL ITS ASPECTS. (B) TO RELIEVE POVERTY BY PROMOTING ENERGY AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION AMONG PERSONS WHO ARE IN NECESSITOUS CIRCUMSTANCES INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE ELDERLY OR WHOSE HOUSING CONDITIONS ARE UNSATISFACTORY.

Defined Area of Benefit:

NOT DEFINED

Data Sources

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