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. 

Islington Community Energy Fund

Round Three of the Islington Community Energy Fund is now open. Round Three will allow organisations that submitted feasibility studies for Round One to bid for capital projects, as well as general capital projects. The Community Energy Fund aims to help community groups develop and deliver energy projects which will benefit Islington residents. Islington Council wants to find ways to spread the word about energy efficiency to residents and to encourage and support them to use less energy. See here for more information. Deadline for applications:5pm 19 October 2018.

The Energy Affordability Fund

The fund is being administered by CSE and funded by Western Power Distribution. Awards of up to £20,000 are available to organisations seeking to run initiatives that support fuel poor households. See here for more information. Deadline for applications: 5pm 26 October 2018.

London Community Energy Fund

Round Two of the London Community Energy Fund is open to London-based community groups. To apply please read the Prospectus and submit the relevant application form. More info hereDeadline for applications: 5pm 2 November 2018.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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