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. For more information or to apply see here

Local Community Projects Fund

The Greggs Foundation is offering grants of up to £2,000 for projects that improve resilience within your community. Round 2 is now open and closes on 22nd June  2018 at 12am; with decisions being announced by 17 August 2018. To apply and for more info see here.

Utilise Plus Programme

Eligible SMEs can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover up to one-third of the cost of energy efficiency projects. The next funding round's deadline is 22nd June 2018. See here for more information on the programme, eligibility criteria and the grant funding on offer. 

If your organisation is not eligible for the Utilise Plus programme, find out about other local and national grants schemes here.

Smart Energy GB

Funding for not-for-profit organisations working with those who may face barriers accessing a smart meter. Round 2 is offering grants of up to £7500 for projects aimed at assisting people who are severely or profoundly deaf overcome barriers to engaging with the smart meter rollout. Deadline for applications is 25th June 2018.  To apply and for more information see here

Weston Anniversary Fund

To celebrate its 60th birthday, the Garfield Weston Foundation is providing capital grants ranging from £30k to £150k to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools for projects that will make a significant difference to local communities. Deadline for applications is 30th June 2018. More information here.

Community Business Bright Ideas Fund

The fourth round of Power to Change's Bright Ideas Fund is now open. The Fund offers a package of business development support, start-up funding up to £15k and peer-mentoring opportunities to communities who want to get a business idea off the ground. Interested communities can read the guidance and register for a FAQs webinar with a live Q&A on 18th June. Deadline for applications 31st July 2018


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. 

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.

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.

Camden Climate Fund Community Energy

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. 

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.

Naturesave Trust

Grants to fund community renewable energy and social enterprise projects. Please see here for more details.

Ebico Trust

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.

Community Foundations

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.

Greggs Foundation 

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.

M&S Energy - Community Energy Fund 

£300,000 in grants are offered to community groups to install renewable technology and energy efficiency measures. For further details please see 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. There will be an application window in Autumn 2018. More information here. 

Heat Networks Investment Project

The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) is making available up to £320m of capital support to drive an increase in the number of heat networks being built. This investment project will run for 5 years and will help create the conditions necessary to develop a self-sustaining heat network market. For more information please see here and see the consultation document.

Pure Leapfrog

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.


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.

Coop Financing

Finance for community groups. Loans from £10k - £75k available, but can increase to £150k. For further details please see here.

Charity Bank

Loans to charities, community groups and social enterprises (£50k - £2.5m) for capital projects. For further details please see here.

Tridos Bank

Finance for community energy. For further details please see here.

Crowd Funding:

Crowd Funder