Next Generation Fund
Expressions of interest for the first round of the Power to Change Next Generation grant scheme are now open and close on 13 January 2019.

The Fund will provide £100,000 grants to ten community energy groups to work on new business models for community energy in their area and comprises of three stages. See here for more information.

Low Carbon Growth Support Project
Small or Medium sized enterprises can obtain free energy audits and 40% grant funding towards energy efficiency measures in Greater Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country from the Low Carbon Growth Support Project.

Although open until March 2019, they state that funding is limited and to contact them now. For more information please see their website

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

EDRF Funding
Applications are now open for the latest round of ERDF funding, with large amounts available in the West Midlands. There are different six different areas of interest, ranging from Reserach and Innovation to Environment and Resource Efficiency. To find out more about this fund click here. Please note the closing date of 23 November 2018.

Powering Our Communities Fund
Electricity North West is inviting applications for projects that support the aim of putting community and local energy at the heart of communities, particularly those that deliver on one of the following priorities:

  • Engaging communities in energy issues, particularly energy efficiency
  • Supporting vulnerable customers and or reducing fuel poverty in our communities
  • Investigating or delivering new ways of working to support a smart, flexible low carbon grid.

Applications will be accepted from any organisation type and successful projects will be awarded funds from £1,000 to £15,000. There is up to £75,000 available for support and the deadline for applications is Wednesday 19 December. Apply 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
The Camden Climate Fund provides funding of up to £15,000 for community energy groups to install and manage renewable energy systems that generate energy for the benefit of the local community in some form. This could be for example, solar photovoltaic panels on a building such as a community centre or school. See here for more information. The scheme will close in March 2019.

The Community and Environment Fund
The Community and Environment Fund (CEF) has been created to add benefit over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation to communities along the route that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2 from London to West Midlands. To find out about eligibility click here. This fund is ongoing so there is no set deadline yet.

Heat Network Invest Project
The department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy has announced the launch of the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP).

This is a major Government project which will see an investment of £320m of capital funding in heat network projects. This is offered as ‘gap funding’ through a combination of grants and loans which will be offered to eligible projects from April 2019. The scheme will be open for applications for a period of up to three years. This is all to boost the viability of heat networks in the UK. To find out more click here

Energy Redress Scheme
The second round of the Energy Redress Scheme is now open to charitable organisations that support customers in England, Scotland and Wales, with £2.5m available. Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. The Redress Scheme funding is available to support a wide range of activities, from engaging vulnerable customers to installation if energy saving or renewable energy measures. See here for more information and to apply.

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

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.

Heat Network Investment Project
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) - a major Government project which will invest £320m of capital funding in heat network projects. This investment is offered as ‘gap funding’ through a combination of grants and loans which will be offered to eligible projects from April 2019. The scheme will be open for applications for a period of up to three years. Funding offered through HNIP seeks to leverage around £1bn of private sector and other investment to support the commercialisation and construction of heat networks. This together with the Government’s investment will deliver a step change in the development of the heat networks market. The aims are to deliver carbon savings, drive down infrastructure costs, reduce consumers’ energy bills, improve skills and capability and demonstrate to the investment community that heat networks are a viable investment proposition in the UK.

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
Eligible SMEs can apply for grants to cover up the cost of energy efficiency projects. Find out more here. For similar local and national grants schemes 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.

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.

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
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.

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. 

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.

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.

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