26 September 2013

Community Group Energy Grants and Funds

Energy Loans for Community Groups

Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is specifically targeted at helping rural communities access the money needed to carry out feasibility studies into renewable energy projects, and fund the costs associated with applying for planning permission. It is intended that projects will then be able to attract private finance to pay for renewable energy kit and get projects up and running.

Find more information and how to apply on The GOV.uk website.

Charity bank

Loans of £50,000 to £1,000,000Finance available for social enterprises, charities, and community organisations.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.charitybank.org/charity-loans

Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (Scotland)

Loans of up to £150,000 for Communities, Rural Businesses, Cluster Developments and Infrastructure.Aimed at helping renewable energy projects in Scotland through the initial high-risk, pre-planning consent stages.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk/support/cares/cares_loan

Co-operative Loan Fund

Ethical loans between £5,000 and £75,000 exclusively for co-operatives. Intended to strengthen the size and scope of the co-operative sector in the UK.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.co-operative.coop/join-the-revolution/our-plan/keeping-communities-thriving/funds-and-foundations/

ECO Propagator

Ecopropagator gives the UK’s entrepreneurs and business pioneers a new way to raise business finance by tapping into a ‘crowd’ of like-minded individuals willing to invest smaller amounts of cash in exchange for rewards and a stake in their business.

Find out  more at www.ecopropagator.com

SITA Trust

Funding for not for profit and community amenities, including improvements to community buildings.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.sitatrust.org.uk/community-funding

Royal Bank of Scotland Community Business Loan

The RBSG Micro-finance Fund is set up to help potential and existing social entrepreneurs who are unable to access finance through the normal mainstream channels. The fund offers financial support for the purpose of starting or expanding a community-based business.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.rbs.co.uk/business/banking/g3/community-business-loan-fund.ashx

Triodos Ethical Banking

Ethical banking and finance service for businesses, social enterprises and charities.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.triodos.co.uk/en/about-triodos/what-we-do/our-expertise/energy-climate/

Community Generation Fund

A National fund to provide a catalyst for the development of community owned renewable energy infrastructure.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.thefsegroup.com/social-impact-funding/community-generation-fund

 

Energy Grants for Community Groups

Awards for All

A Lottery grants scheme funding small, community based projects across the UK.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/

Biffaward

Ongoing fund that awards grants of between £250 and £50,000 to community and biodiversity projects. Eligible projects include Rebuilding Bio Diversity, Community Buildings, Recreation and Cultural Facilities.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.biffa-award.org/

BIG Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund provides funding to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment. 80-90 percent of funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations. BIG also distribute non-Lottery funding on behalf of other public bodies.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/Home/Funding/Funding%20finder

Polden Puckham charitable foundation

Charitable foundation offering annual grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to projects aimed at environmental sustainability.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.polden-puckham.org.uk/

eaga Charitable Trust

eaga Charitable Trust (eaga-CT) is an independent grant-giving trust that currently supports projects and research that contribute to combating fuel poverty and ensuring that energy services are fair and accessible for all groups in society.

Find more information and how to apply on http://eagacharitabletrust.org/

Other Energy Funding for Community Groups

Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community. The fund provides up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is available to rural communities in England that: represent a community of fewer than 10,000 residents or more than 10,000 residents but within a local authority area which is classified by the Office of National Statistics as ‘predominantly rural’; form a legal entity in order to receive public funds; demonstrate the support of the wider community and are planning a renewable energy project which will provide a legacy for the future benefit of the community and use a proven renewable technology.

Find more information and how to apply on www.wrap.org.uk

Ynni’r Fro (Wales only)

The Welsh Government’s Ynni’r Fro programme uses European Structural Funds to offer social enterprises grant aid, loans and free, independent advice and information to help social enterprises develop community scale renewable energy schemes. Grants and loans are available for preparatory and capital stages. There’s a network of Technical Development Officers in place across Wales to help groups develop their projects and access Ynni’r Fro funding. Up to £30,000 is available to fund early stage activities to help projects get off the ground, such as environmental surveys, planning applications and community engagement activities. A grant of up to £300,000 is available towards the capital costs of a renewable energy project.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/wales/Communities/Finding-funding/Ynni-r-Fro-programme

Community Foundations

There are approximately 4,000 independently run trusts and foundations in the UK. Many trusts and foundations are specifically interested in environmental issues & renewables so it’s definitely worth checking which funds operate in your area and what they’re criteria for applications are. You will need to consider the what when’s why’s and how’s of your project before talking to them. Aswell as national trusts and foundations there are about 60 community foundations, most funded privately, and tend to support causes local to their area.

Find more information and how to apply on www.ukcommunityfoundations.org

Government & Local Government

There’s a huge amount of useful information on grants available in your area at www.GRANTnet.com , with plenty of downloadable guides to help steer your community application through the funding process.

Find more information and how to apply on www.GRANTnet.com

European Funding

Does your project improve employment opportunities of people in your area and help raise standards of living by giving them better skills and job prospects? If it does then the European Social Fund website is worth taking a look at, go to www.dwp.gov.uk/esf. In Wales this is administered by the Welsh European Funding Office, go to www.wefo.wales.gov.uk.

Big Lottery Fund

Every year the Big Lottery Fund gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. The money goes to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment. 80-90 per cent of the funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations. This is an extremely competitive funding source. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/‎.

Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a scheme to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies among householders, communities and businesses through the provision of financial incentives. The RHI provides a subsidy, payable for 20 years, to eligible, renewable heat generators and producers of bio-methane based in the UK. The RHI is open to parties in the non-domestic sector which includes industrial, commercial, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. For more information about how to apply and eligibility criteria go to www.ofgem.gov.uk/RHI.

Adventure Capital Fund

Adventure Capital Fund provides financial investment and expertise for community enterprises www.adventurecapitalfund.org.uk.

Charity Bank

Charity Bank finances social enterprises, charities and community organisations, with the support of depositors and investors who want to use their money to facilitate social change, while earning a financial return. www.charitybank.org.

Crowdfunder UK

Crowdfunding is an innovative way to raise funds for community projects, with an exciting rewards system for investors. www.crowdfunder.co.uk.

energyshare and Crowdfunder are launching a new project to help communities and businesses crowdfund for their projects. Find out more on the energyfunder page.

Renewable Heat Incentive

This OfGEM administered scheme is not expected to be launched until Spring 2014. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a scheme to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies among householders, communities and businesses through the provision of financial incentives. Until this scheme launches the Government offers the Renewable Heat Premium Payment, information about which can be found on the Energy Savings Trust website, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk or www.rhiadvisor.co.uk/.

Crowdfunder.co.uk

Crowdfunder helps fund projects, big or small, that aim to change the world a little or a lot. Since our launch in 2010, the Crowdfunder network has raised over £1,000,000 for great ideas, people and projects.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/

energyshare and Crowdfunder are launching a new project to help communities and businesses crowdfund for their projects. Find out more on the energyfunder page.

Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy

Annual funding awarded to sustainable energy projects across the UK and developing world

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.ashdenawards.org/

Solar Communities

£Multi-million fund is available now for investment in roof-mounted Solar PV systems on community facilities and businesses in Cornwall, Devon and the South West.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.cep.org.uk/solar-communities/

The Carbon Trust

Offers a variety of grants, support and advice to carbon and energy saving projects.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.carbontrust.com/client-services/technology/implementation

SITA Cornwall Trust

Cornish based charity that supports community and environmental improvements areas surrounding landfill sites owned by SITA in Cornwall.

Find more information and how to apply on http://www.sitacornwalltrust.co.uk/

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