Community Business Fund Roud 6
Round 6 of Power to Change's Community Business Fund opens on 11 September, offering grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to community businesses trading for the benefit of and accountable to their local communities. Applicants have until 12pm on 9 October to apply. You can sign up to Power to Change's free ‘Is the Community Business Fund right for you?’ webinar on 13 September to find out if you are eligible, what they have funded in the past, what they are looking for in your application and the application process. You can also read the guidance for the fund before making an application.
Sandbox Ideas Programme
Power to Change has a small fund for ideas which have real potential to grow and develop the community business sector, and that are not eligible for funding through their other programmes. Ideas proposed must have a charitable purpose, and must be able to demonstrate relevance to Power to Change’s mission to create better places through community businesses in England. Successful applicants will receive up to £50,000 to deliver activities over a maximum of one year. More information here.
Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund
The Fund is part of Smart Energy GB's campaign to inform and inspire people about smart meters and the benefits they bring. Smart Energy GB in Communities is being delivered by a consortium of charities: National Energy Action, Energy Action Scotland, and Charities Aid Foundation. Grants of up to £5000 will be available for community organisations, regional groups and local authorities who can reach people on a low income and help overcome the barriers to engaging with and benefiting from the smart meter rollout. More info here and here. Deadline for applications 3 September 2018.
The Smart Energy GB in Communities programme also offers free training and local support to equip you with the knowledge and skills to most effectively work with people who may face a barrier to engaging and benefiting from the smart meter rollout. It includes information about the rollout; unlocking the benefits; an interactive demonstration with the in-home display and an overview of the responsibilities placed on suppliers to properly protect and support vulnerable and low-income consumers before, during and after installation. You do not have to be in receipt of a grant to be eligible to attend the training so get in touch to find out more. You can also visit our training page for more information.
Innovate UK's Open Grant Competition
Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £20 million to deliver game-changing or disruptive innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy and a view to commercialisation. Applications can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, and be applied to any part of the economy. Proposals must be business focused rather than pure research. Deadline for applications 12th September 2018. Find more information and apply here.
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Opportunities are available to businesses and researchers to develop smart, localised energy systems and prove their use at scale. The fund, delivered by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over 4 years, and it is designed to ensure that the energy revolution takes centre stage in the government’s Industrial Strategy. More details here.
Interreg North-West Europe Programme
Interreg is looking for transnational cooperation initiatives that can deliver concrete results for the North-West Europe area. The eighth call for project proposals is now open. One of the programme's thematic areas is 'low carbon'. Objectives include facilitating the implementation of low-carbon, energy and climate protection strategies to reduce GHG emissions and the uptake of low carbon technologies, products, processes and services. Deadline for applications 22 November 2018. Find out more here.
Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) Funding Scheme
HNDU was set up to provide support (grant funding and guidance) to local authorities in England and Wales to progress the development stages of heat networks projects from heat mapping through to early commercialisation.HNDU comprises a small team of technical and commercial experts who evaluate applications for approval and provide guidance to successful local authorities. HNDU’s Round 8 funding is open until 31 December 2018. For details on how to apply, please see the HNDU Round 8 guidance here.
Camden Climate Fund - Community Energy Grant
Camden Council's Climate Change Fund provides a grant of up to £15,000 for community energy groups who wish to install and manage their own renewable energy systems, for the benefit of the community. See here for more information. The scheme will close in March 2019.
Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme
The Scheme, administered by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of Ofgem until 2021, is open to charitable organisations that support energy customers in England, Scotland and Wales. The funds can pay for anything from making a home more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills.
Local authorities and other organisations working directly with charities in relation to such projects can play a role in the scheme, however only their charitable partner will be able to submit an application and be responsible for the funding and project delivery. The second round of funding will open in Autumn 2018.For more information or see here.
Community Shares Booster Scheme
Community Businesses can access up to £10,000 to help launch community share offers, and up to £100,00 match funding when the share offer goes live. Find out more and apply here.
Energy Efficiency Grants for SMEs in East Sussex
Grants of up to £1,000 to cover 40% of the cost of an energy efficiency project, such as LED lighting, insulation or heating controls. Small and medium-sized businesses, social enterprises and charities in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove) can apply. Find out more here.
Green BELLE Project
Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available to small and medium-sized enterprises looking to cut CO2 emissions and reduce their energy bills in Leicestershire. See here for more information.
Utilise Plus Programme
Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)
RCEF, a £15 million programme, jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), is continuing to operate as usual with funding available for eligible projects. It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community. More info here.
South Cambridgeshire Community Energy Fund
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to voluntary and community sector groups and parish councils to support the delivery of local energy saving and green initiatives. Applications are accepted at any time, until funding runs out, and can completely or partially cover the costs of a project, equipment or work. Further details here.
Islington Community Energy Fund
The Fund aims to help community groups develop and deliver energy projects which will benefit Islington residents by reducing carbon emissions, moving toward clean energy sources and achieve affordable energy. See here for more information.
OLEV Grant Schemes for Electrical Vehicles
The government offers a range of grant schemes to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). For more information see here.
Grants to fund community renewable energy and social enterprise projects. Please see here for more details.
Grants to fund support, education and research into fuel poverty of energy efficiency improvements to local housing stock. More information here.
Energy People Trust
Funding for charities working around fuel poverty and energy advice, particularly those focused on children. See here for more details.
Sainsburys Family Charitable Trust
Grants to fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. For further details please see here.
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Finance for community energy (grants and social impact loans). Further details please see here.
Friends Provident Foundation
Grants for projects that address the issues of economic resilience and systems change in different ways. More information here.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Grants for projects working to tackle climate change, poverty and rebalancing local economies, resources and resilience. More details here.
Community foundations manage funds from individuals, businesses and other donors who want to support causes in their local area. For further details please see here.
Grants for projects aiming to make a difference to a local area with clear consideration given to the environmental and social impact of the project. Further details on the Local Community Projects Fund here and Environmental grants here.
Charities Aid Foundation
CAF offers a variety of banking, investment and loans solutions as well as grants for a variety of causes. See further information here.
Big Lottery Fund
Funding for community groups. For further details please see here.
Power to Change
Grants to help new and existing community businesses grow and become more sustainable. See more information here. The Community Business Fund awards grants between £50k and £300k to established community businesses that need funding for a business development project to make their organisation more financially sustainable. So far they have funded energy efficiency measures for community buildings owned by the applicant organisation with the aim of improving financial viability. More information here.
Finance and support for community energy.
- Community Energy Fund: draws on a credit facility from Big Society Capital (social impact fund), which can be augmented through donations.
- Bridge Finance: £30 million revolving loan facility from BSC to support large scale community energy projects.
For further details please see here.
Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC)
Simple and flexible financing for charities and social enterprises. SASC manages two funds totalling £50m and has a strategic focus on community energy.
Capital revolving loan fund for RE projects (100kW - 5MW) (set up and overseen by BIS). Loans available for development costs (feasibility), bridging loans (planning stage to construction) and short term loans to cover construction. For further details please see here.
Finance for community groups. Loans from £10k - £75k available, but can increase to £150k. For further details please see here.
Loans to charities, community groups and social enterprises (£50k - £2.5m) for capital projects. For further details please see here.
Finance for community energy. For further details please see here.