05 June 2013

Funding and Grants 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 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 £500,000 for great ideas, people and projects.

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.

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.

Coastal Communities Fund

From April 2012  £23.7 million will be made available to coastal communities across the UK to support a wide range of community projects – including renewable energy and environmental improvement.

C02 sense

Funding and investment opportunities  for renewable energy projects and carbon reduction initiatives.

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 Challenge Prize

A total of £60,000 to be split between the best applicants in three challenges to promote and innovate community group buying.

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.

Community Sustainable Energy

Ongoing scheme offering capital grants for heat generating and energy efficiency technologies. Community organisations can apply for up to £50,000 or 50% of the project cost (whichever is lower) for installing heat generating microgeneration technologies and energy efficiency measures.

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.

Green Deal £1000 Cashback Scheme

The Green Deal Cashback Scheme is a first-come, first-served offer avaliable from 28th January 2013. householders can claim cashback fromt the government on energy saving improvements such as insualtion, windows, and boilers. The more energysaving measures, the greater the cashback.

Nature Save Trust

Grants and seed-funding offered to community renewable energy projects.

Polden Puckham charitable foundation

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

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.

Shell Springboard Trust

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

Solar Communities

£20 million is available now for investment in roof-mounted Solar PV systems on community facilities in Cornwall.

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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