London Community Energy Fund 

The London Community Energy Fund 17/18 is now live, with phase one offering grants of up to £15,000, to be used to support community solar projects in the development stages.  The funding may also be used to develop business cases or carry out viability studies. The deadline for the fund is Friday 24th November. See here for more information and to apply for funding. 

National Grid's Network Innovation Competition

Annual competition to fund flagship innovation projects that deliver financial and environmental benefits for electricity customers. Submission deadline is 30th November.

Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme

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.  For more information see 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. 

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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