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.

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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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London Community Energy Fund

Applications for the third round of the Mayor’s London Community Energy Fund are now open. Community groups can apply for grants of up to £15,000 towards the development of community energy projects in London. The deadline for applications is Monday 9 September 2019 at 5pm.

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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 that cannot be funded elsewhere and/or are innovative or are being used in innovative ways. There is an application process for charities seeking funding. Successful projects will be selected with input from an independent panel of experts.

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Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme

The programme, funded by Thrive renewables, and administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, provides grants for energy saving measures in community buildings. Grants have been awarded to community centres, village halls, a cricket pavilion and a youth centre. Improvements include loft insulation, new (more draught-proof) doors, water saving devices, energy efficient lighting and other insulation projects. Funding is also available for renewable energy installations in buildings where the applicant can demonstrate that all reasonable energy efficiency improvements have been made.

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Community Flex

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has teamed up with fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) on a new project where communities and community organisations can receive payments for helping ease constraints on the local electricity network, as an alternative to upgrading cables and substations. Energy saving projects that help the network are called flexibility.

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