Grant funding

This page provides information about grant funding for community energy projects. Although grant funding is becoming more difficult to access for energy projects a number of schemes and funds are still available. The information below provides links to the main support schemes for community energy, followed by links to online funding guides and general information on grant funds.

Useful for:

  • Anyone planning a community energy project
  • Local authorities
  • Joint venture renewable energy projects involving communities
  • National Grant schemes

There are currently support schemes for community renewable energy in England, Wales and Scotland. These are:

England

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) provides feasibility grants and development loans to community renewable energy schemes in rural areas. Details are available here

Scotland

The Community And Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) provides support from expert development officers, early stage development grants and development loans for community renewable energy projects in Wales. It also has a challenge fund to support local energy economy approaches to energy generation and consumption. Details are available here

The Climate Challenge Fund provides funding for community-led projects that are tackling climate change (including energy efficiency and behaviour change projects). Details are available here


Further information

The following are online sources of information on grant funding for community energy projects of all types. These include general advice on funding community energy projects as well as links to sources of grant funding:

Community Energy England keeps a page of current funding opportunities.

"The source" from CSE has a page on financing your project.

The Energy Saving Trust has a page on funding and financing community energy projects.

The 'Ace for Communities' website from the National Energy Foundation has a section on 'funding from external source' that includes information on grants.

For inspiration from abroad, there are series of case studies from Denmark, Germany and the UK on cost and financing aspects of community renewable energy projects.


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