The Smart Energy Savings (SENS) Innovation Funding

The BEIS SENS competition is offering shares of up to £4.4 million in grant funding to develop and trial innovative products and services to deliver additional energy saving in homes through the use of smart meter data. The deadline to register is 11 March. See here for more details.

2019 Smart Energy in Communities Programme
From 7 March, grants of up to £25,000 are available for organisations that can deliver support to people in our target group: people over the age of 65.

The NEA and Energy Action Scotland are seeking applications from large, regionally based organisations, ideally with local networks and with substantial face to face reach, that can deliver support to people over the age of 65. Housing associations and local authorities are eligible to apply too. We are looking for applicants that have a trusted voice in their community and can provide support to people aged 65+ to help them address their concerns and increase the number of people over 65 getting a smart meter. The deadline is Tuesday 9 April and all applications should be submitted electronically to We aim to appoint successful projects in late May, with delivery running until 11 December 2019.See here for more information.  

Islington Community Energy Fund
Islington Council is funding energy projects for organisations with charitable aims through its Islington Community Energy Fund (ICEF). The fund aims to support community-led innovative energy projects that benefit Islington residents (particularly the fuel poor) and reduces carbon emissions in the borough.  Grants of up to £30,000 will be available to help you, but more could be available depending on the scale of your project. See here for more information.

Community Partner Funding (Yorkshire & North East)
Leeds Community Foundation, Northern Powergrid and Northern Gas Networks have a funding opportunity for not for profit organisations in Yorkshire and the North East who are working with vulnerable members of the community. £1-£10k is available. Deadline 07/03. See more details

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

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.

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.

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. Pre-application deadline 6th March

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Project
The next energy efficiency call for proposals will be launched on 12 March 2019 and closed on the 3rd September 2019. In 2019, €112 million are available for energy efficiency projects in the areas of consumers, buildings, industry, finance and public authorities. Community energy groups should apply through the consumers section. For more information regarding an overview of the fund, follow this link and for information regarding the consumers funding follow this link

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. Please note that they have allocated all of their funding and so are no longer accepting grant applications but they do offer a place on the waiting list. 

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