Step 1

Review our support packages and identify which one meets your needs.

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Step 2

Review our eligibility criteria and submit your application with all requested information. This needs to include the sector of energy you operate within, your business plan and your social impact.

Step 3

We review your application and assess your business against our selection criteria.

Step 4

We work with you to define next steps and provide you with feedback.

Eligibility criteria


We support ideas and businesses which:

  • Are run by an individual aged 16 or over and living in the UK


To be eligible your idea must:

  • Be in the energy or energy-related sector
  • Have a real social impact in the UK
  • Be seeking a minimum of £50k of debt/equity investment
  • Fulfil a clear need and demand
  • Have clear outputs and goals


Ventures are not eligible for investment if they:

  • Are part of your paid employment
  • Involve political or religious campaigning
  • Involve activities outside of the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Are mainly for people to achieve academic qualifications
  • Are to fund living expenses


What we need from you


About you

  • You have an idea or business
  • You’re passionate about scaling your business
  • You’d like some help to scale


Your idea or business

  • It meets a clear social need
  • It is already financially sustainable
  • You are already tracking or thinking of tracking your social outcomes (check out advice on how to clarify and communicate your route to impact)


What you need

  • A package of support and funding tailored to suit you
  • Support from our specialists and relevant experts
  • Access to resources to help get you to the next stage


How to apply


For general rolling applications for funding, simply contact us at ignite@centrica.com and we’ll send you a short application form. When you’re done, email the form back to us at any time and we’ll be in touch quickly.

If you’re interested in applying for the Big Energy Idea accelerator programme, click here for more details.

Please make sure you read our application guidance notes and refer to our definition of terms before completing the form.


Not right for you?


If Ignite is not for you, take a look at this list of other funding opportunities.