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.
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.
A Lottery grants scheme funding small, community based projects across the UK.
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.
Over £4.4 billion of funding available spread over a large number of grants and investments.
Finance avaliable for social enterprises, charities, and community organisations.
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.
Funding and investment opportunities for renewable energy projects and carbon reduction initiatives.
Loan scheme aimed at helping renewable energy projects in Scotland through the initial high-risk, pre-planning consent stages.
A total of £60,000 to be split between the best applicants in three challenges to promote and innovate community group buying. Applications for 2012 are now closed. 2013 application dates TBA.
A new fund made available by the FSE Group and NEF. Loans are available for both feasibility and construction and initial applications close on 16th April 2012.
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.
Various initiatives aimed at funding and supporting community groups and co-operatives.
Considers support and funding requests upon application for community programmes that benefit the environment.
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.
Grants and seed-funding offered to community renewable energy projects.
Organisation offering annual grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to projects aimed at environmental sustainability.
Until 31st March 2012 all UK households can apply to the Government to receive vouchers towards renewable energy technology.
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.
Awards £320,000 each year to around 8 initiatives aimed at carbon emission reduction. Applications for 2012 are currently closed but will be open for 2013 later in the year.
£20 million is available now for investment in roof-mounted Solar PV systems on community facilities in Cornwall, installed before 31st March 2012.
A grant making trust which funds and supports charitable organisations and projects looking to achieve self sufficiency in the future.
Offers a variety of grants, support and advice to carbon and energy saving projects.
Low interest loans of up to £100,000 to help finance community renewable energy installations and energy efficiency projects.
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/