Rural Community Energy Fund

How to Apply

Applications for Feasibility Grants are now open

Feasibility Grant

Before applying for Stage 1 RCEF funding you must submit a pre-application questionnaire and review your proposal with one of our team.

Download a pre-application questionnaire

To find out if your organisation is eligible, and for general guidance on applying for RCEF funding please download the RCEF Stage 1 Guidance Note using the download link below. For the purposes of the Fund we use the ‘Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) definition of a rural community as a settlement of fewer than 10,000 residents. Defra’s Magic Map will show you if the location of your project is based in a rural area.

If you wish to proceed with an application for a Feasibility Grant after speaking with the team, please consider the further guidance on stage 1 assessment criteria and feasibility study structure, then complete a feasibility grant application form.

Feasibility Grant funding can be applied for at any time, with grants reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis. The next deadline for submitting applications is 28th November 2019.

Development Grants

If your project is at a more advanced stage and you wish to apply directly to the Development Grant scheme, please email the Greater South East Energy Hub. The RCEF Guidance Notes Stage 2 and Stage 2 Grant Application Form are available via the download links below.

Indicative Timeline for Funding Rounds

Round one

Deadline for applications: 23rd August 2019

Round 2

Deadline for applications: 28th November 2019

Round 3

February 2020

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