Funding and investment

Community and Third Sector

For a comprehensive list of all community energy funding and finance opportunities please see the Community Energy England website. Community Energy England is a not-for-profit organisation that represents and supports the community energy sector.

If you know of any additional sources that we can share, please contact us info@energyhub.org.uk

The Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10m programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects that provide economic and social benefits to the community. RCEF is jointly funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). This Fund is managed by the Greater South East Energy Hub.

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Energy Saving Trust - Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme

The Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments to charities from energy companies who have breached rules. The funds can be used to pay for installation of energy-saving or renewable-energy measures. There is an application process for charities seeking funding. Charities must register with the Trust before submitting an application. Round 7 is expected to open in April 2020

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MCS Charitable Foundation

The Foundation funds projects that accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and low carbon technologies. Projects must have a national reach or develop/demonstrate an innovative approach that could be replicated, adapted or scaled up. Grants are usually £5,000 – £50,000, or up to £100,000 for exceptional projects. Applications are accepted from public organisations, not-for-profit companies and charities. Submission deadlines are 20 April 2020, 27 July 2020 and 19 October 2020.

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