Northern Powergrid's Partnering Communities Fund

The fund offers grants from £1,000 to £10,000 to encourage innovative smaller projects by community groups within Northern Powergrid’s operating area across the North East, Yorkshire, Humberside and northern Lincolnshire. See case studies here and apply for the fund. The deadline is 29th January 2018.

E.ON Energising Communities Fund

Up to £2,000 is available to community buildings that need to improve their energy efficiency, and schools and charities looking to offer energy education. The deadline is 29th January 2018. Find out more here. 

Islington Community Energy Fund

The fund is looking for projects that support Islington residents in reducing energy use and carbon emissions, moving towards cleaner, more affordable sources of energy. The fund is open to all constituted groups across Islington, with up to £50,000 available. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2018. See here for more information and to apply for the fund.

Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund

The fund provides grant amounts between £500 and £5,000 for experienced researchers interested in investigating or evaluating the relationship between people and energy in the South West of England. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2018. For more information 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. Funding rounds' deadlines are 23rd March 2018 and 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.

Research Grant - APC9: Anchoring Low Carbon Technology Development

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is investing in a limited number of collaborative research and development (R&D) pre-production match funded projects. Technologies must be based around energy storage and energy development. Deadline is 7th March 2018. Click here for more information.

Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Fund

The fund gives grants for energy efficiency improvements to community buildings, covering measures such as lighting, insulation and doors or windows. Up to £4,000 is available for buildings close to Thrive Renewables sites. The deadline for applications is 30th March 2018. For more information 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.

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. 

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.

Energy People Trust Funding

Funding for charities working around fuel poverty and energy advice, particularly those focused on children. Please see here for more details.

Charity Bank

Loans to charities, community groups and social enterprises (£50k - £2.5m) for capital 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.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation 

Finance for community energy (grants and social impact loans). For further details please see here.

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.

Sainsburys Family Charitable Trust

Grants to fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. For further details please see here.

Tridos Bank

Finance for community energy. For further details please see 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.

Big Lottery Fund

Funding for community groups. For further details please see here.

Greggs Foundation 

Grants of up to £10,000 for projects aiming to make a difference to a local area with clear consideration given to the environmental and social impact of the project. For further details please see here.

Marks and Spencer Energy Fund

Grants of between £50,000 -£300,000 to support and develop community businesses in England. For further details please see here.

Smart Energy GB

Funding for not-for-profit organisations working with those who may face barriers accessing a smart meter, for example individuals with learning disabilities, off-grid customers or social housing tenants. Please see here for more information.

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 five years and will help create the conditions necessary to develop a self-sustaining heat network market.

They are seeking views from current and potential heat network sponsors, investors, supply chain and any other stakeholders on how best to use the capital support funding to overcome barriers to investment in heat networks and increase heat network deployment rates. They are also inviting views on the organisations and types of schemes that should be eligible for investment support, what form this funding should take and the criteria that should be used to assess applications for funding. For more information please see here and see the  consultation document.

Crowd Funding:

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