05 June 2013

Funding and Grants & Crowdfunding Information

We know a great idea is nothing without the money to get it moving! So here are a list of funds, grants, and helpful resources that support renewable energy projects in the UK to help you on your way. If you know of any more funding or grants please add them to the Funding Guide comments section so everyone can see them.




Crowdfunder.co.uk makes great ideas a reality

Businesses, charities, social enterprises and people with great ideas can launch their project and raise the funds they need from the crowd around them.

Once an idea is launched on Crowdfunder, the crowd pledges funds in return for rewards, which means ideas get the money they need to become a reality, and supporters get to be a part of the community making it happen.

Communities across the UK are coming together to change the world.

Crowdfunder is the UK’s No1 rewards-based crowdfunding platform, we’ve launched thousands of projects and raised millions for great ideas.

Learn more about how energyshare works with Crowdfunder

Awards for All

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

Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy

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


Ongoing fund that awards grants of between £250 and £50,000 to community and biodiversity projects.

Big Lottery Fund

Over £4.4 billion of funding available spread over a large number of grants and investments.

Charity bank

Finance available for social enterprises, charities, and community organisations.

Community Accelerator project

Campaign to help speed up community projects to generate, own and save energy.

Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (Scotland)

Loan scheme aimed at helping renewable energy projects in Scotland through the initial high-risk, pre-planning consent stages.

Community Generation Fund

A fund managed by The FSE Group (a Community Interest Company) which provides loans for social enterprises looking to develop and retain ownership of renewable energy installations. Loans for both project development costs and construction are available.

Co-op: Join the revolution

Various initiatives aimed at funding and supporting community groups and co-operatives.

First Great Western Community Fund

Considers support and funding requests upon application for community programmes that benefit the environment.

Polden Puckham charitable foundation

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

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.

Shell Springboard Trust

Awards £320,000 each year to around 8 initiatives aimed at carbon emission reduction. Applications are accepted on a yearly basis.

Tellus Mater Foundation

A grant making trust which funds and supports charitable organisations and projects looking to achieve self sufficiency in the future.

The Carbon Trust

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

The PURE Community Energy Fund

Low interest loans of up to £100,000 to help finance community renewable energy installations and energy efficiency projects.

The Community Investment Fund 

The Community Investment Fund – set up by fund management company Social and Sustainable Capital – will offer loans from £250,000 to £1 million to “community-based” organisations that aim improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged local people and “provide local solutions to local needs, create jobs, and develop the local economy”.


Ethical banking and finance service for businesses and charities.


Funding Guides and information:

The Energy Savings Trust Guide to finding funding: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Communities/Finding-funding

More information about Grants and Funds from the Renewable Energy Centre: http://www.therenewableenergycentre.co.uk/grants/


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