Community Business Bright Ideas Fund
Funded by Power to Change and administered by Locality, the £3.2m Bright Ideas fund offers tailored support and grants of up to £15,000 to develop their projects. For more information follow this link

The Bright Ideas application is now open until 30 September.

Community Partnering Fund
Funded by Northern Powergrid, Northern Gas Networks and Leeds Community Foundation. Groups in Northern England can apply for funding totalling £100,000 for projects which demonstrate innovate approached to sustainability. See here for more information.

The deadline for applications is the 15 October 2019

Empowering Our Communities Fund
Electricity Northwest have launched their fund. They are looking for community and local energy projects that want to investigate new ways of working and engage customers in energy issues. They have grants from £1000 and £15000 available. 

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 8 November. Follow this link for more details and the application form. 

National Lottery Climate Action Fund
A new £100 million Climate Action Fund to enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. The funder has said that types of activities will differ from place to place, but will have one thing in common: the ability to deliver high impact community-led climate action. This includes in areas such as sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption, food and protecting and regenerating spaces and habitats.

The fund will be open to applicants in Autumn 2019 and the funding criteria will be released later this year. We will update this page with the details but follow this link to see more information

UKPN Power Partners Fund
UKPN is inviting charities and community groups to apply for grants under its £300,000 Power Partners fund which aims to support organisations that work to alleviate fuel poverty, support people in vulnerable circumstances and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat. Funding is available to groups based across UK Power Networks’ distribution area of London and the East and South East of England. 

Thrive Renewables Community Bridge Financial Model
Thrive Renewables will finance community energy organisations to help them acquire renewable energy technology. They have already supported communities with a £12 million investment into wind and solar projects across the UK. They can structure their investment as pure acquisition, joint ventures or mezzanine loans also. Find out more about the Community Bridge Model here. 

Next Generation Community Energy Programme
The Next Generation programme is a £1m+ fund and expert support programme, created by Power to Change to pioneer innovative community-led energy projects and business models. Existing community energy businesses will be supported to develop into holistic energy businesses that provide benefits across their local community. Power to Change will award grants of up to £100,000 to 10 community energy businesses, alongside a support programme of research and analysis. See Power to Change's grants page for more detail on how to apply.

Triodos Community Renewables Underwriting Facility (T-CRUF)
Triodos Bank UK has launched a unique new patient capital product aimed at helping community organisations to acquire, build and own renewable energy assets for the benefit of their local communities. As many as 10 community groups could benefit from accessing T-CRUF over the next two years. The facility is available when a community energy group uses the Triodos Bank crowdfunding platform to raise capital through a community bond issue.

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.

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.

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 Redress Scheme
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. The amount of funding available through the scheme varies throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis in October, January, April and July.

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.

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