This page gives details of a wide range of funding opportunities relevant to community energy organisations. The latest additions to the page are shown first.
Latest Funding Opportunities
Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) Transition Scheme
The Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) is a capital grant fund open to public, private, and third sector applicants in England. It will capitalise on the progress made by the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP), by supporting the development of low and zero carbon (LZC) heat networks (including the supply of cooling). The GHNF will increase the utilisation of low-carbon heat in heat networks and contribute towards the overall decarbonisation of heat in the UK. The GHNF Transition Scheme will open to funding applications in July 2021 and offer commercialisation funding only.
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. 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. The fund is now open until 5pm, 29 July.
Community Business Crowd Match
Power to Change has launched this support package as part of the Community Business Renewal Initiative. The package includes funding, support to fundraise, guidance for community business leaders and help to continue and adapt services to ensure community businesses are at the heart of national recovery.
Patagonia Grant Scheme
Outdoor brand Patagonia supports organisations with bold, direct-action agendas and a commitment to long-term change. Patagonia provides funding for organisations who build involvement and civic engagement, and work to build an inclusive and diverse environmental movement, among other criteria.
Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme
This fund is open to community buildings within 30 miles of specific post codes (which can be found on the website) who wish to make improvements such as insulation, draught-proofing, LED lighting or improved heating controls. The grants being offered are up to £4,000.
Coronavirus Emergency Funding
Community Shares Reboost
Power to Change has launched this fund to support community businesses to raise community shares capital that can support recovery in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Green Recovery Challenge Fund
The government has launched this fund, which makes grants from £50k to £5m available. The funding is for environmental charities and their partners whose work contributes to at least one of the following themes: nature conservation and restoration; nature-based solutions; and connecting people with nature.
Social Enterprise Support Fund
This provides grants between £10,000 and £300,000 to support social enterprises during COVID-19 - to apply you must be a social enterprise in England, incorporated for at least a year, financially stable with annual income between £25,000 and £1.5 million before COVID-19, substantially reliant on trading income to deliver social impact (e.g. sales and contracts), supporting people most affected by COVID-19.
Facebook Small Business Grants Programme
They are offering $100m in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses during this challenging time. Follow the link to sign up for updates on when applications will open in the coming weeks.
National Emergencies Trust COVID-19 Grant
National Emergencies Trust, through the UK Community Foundations have launched a Coronavirus Appeal to support grassroots charities and groups who’ll be supporting some of society’s the most vulnerable people throughout the outbreak. If you are an organisation looking for funding please find your local community foundation through the link provided in the title.
Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Funding
The Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund provides grants of up to £5,000 to charities, community groups and other not for profit organisations who are either affected by or are supporting people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Funding will be available to help organisations respond better and will help meet needs arising as a result of the crisis.
Community Business Reboost Fund
Power to Change has launched this fund in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Reboost fund provides grant funding and matched equity investment to community organisations. The funder is particularly interested in community businesses in the following areas; Bradford, Grimsby, Hartlepool, Leicester, Plymouth, Wigan, Liverpool City Region, and Bristol.
National Lottery: Growing Great Ideas
The National Lottery is looking to invest in different compositions of people, communities, networks and organisations over a long-term period, minimum two years. The minimum grant size is £150,000 and there is no set deadline for applications.
National Lottery: Bringing people together
The National Lottery Funding is open to new and existing projects which explore new approaches and are future-focussed. The funding is national and the deadline for applications is not set.
Grants for Good
The Matthew Good Foundation has launched a new fund for small charities and social enterprises. Every three months, five organisations are offered a share of a £10,000 pot. The fund is open to new projects with innovative ideas as well as established charities whose average income is less than £50,000 per year. The first round of applications is 15 March.
Energy Networks Association Network Innovations Competition (NIC)
The electricity network companies have opened their Call for Ideas 2020/2021 for new, innovative and net zero solutions to the priority areas identified in the ENA Innovation Strategy, which can be taken forward and trialled on the networks, backed by up to £70m of funding. Anyone interested should contact their distribution network operator (DNO).
Aviva Community Fund
Aviva is offering grants to organisations that are working on projects that will increase community resilience and build communities through fresh thinking. They make decisions every three months.
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.
Community Renewable Energy Funding
The Naturesave Trust provides start-up 'seed corn' grants for community renewable energy projects. They are keen to help communities, in particular, that do not have the initial start-up capital to undertake all the preliminary work. The projects considered must be from community groups and companies who seek funding for specific renewable energy projects.
There are no deadlines for applications and no limits on the number of applications you can make. The Trustees aim to make a decision on applications within six to eights weeks of receipt of a completed application form.
“I’ve got an idea” is a micro fund for individuals (or small groups or organisations) who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out that will have a social or environmental benefit. It will cover a variety of different costs and you there is no set deadline.
The Leathersellers' Company
This grant offers one-off, small grants (up to £3,000) to registered charities with an annual income below £200,000.
Rural Community Energy Fund
The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community. RCEF provides support to rural communities in two stages and is being run by five regional Local Energy Hubs. If you would like to register your interest for the scheme, or would like further information, please contact the relevant hub for your area. You can find your local energy hub through this link.
Location-based grant funding
Community Partnering Fund
Leeds Community Foundation, Northern Gas Network and Northern Powergrid are offering grants of between £1,000 - £10,000 to support community organisations across the North of England.
3D Hub Community Funding
Community groups in the Birmingham area can apply for up to £10,000 to design and deliver data driver decarbonisation projects.
The Community and Environment Fund
The Community Environment Fund has been created to compensate communities who are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2 from London to West Midlands.
Severn Trent Community Fund
The Severn Trent Community Fund is open to projects that focus on increasing community wellbeing, ideally which incorporate People, Places and Environment.
Blackstone Edge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund
Local areas located within a 5km boundary of the wind farm at Blackstone Edge, West Barnsley can apply for a grant for projects focusing on environmental protection, energy conservation, sustainable transport and promotion of civic responsibility/community development.
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.
Somerset County Council Climate Emergency Community Fund
Somerset County Council is offering grant funds between £5,000 and £75,000 to community organisations that are undertaking innovative carbon reduction projects.
Marches Renewable Energy Grant Scheme
This grant scheme allows eligible applicants to apply for a 50% grant for the installation of renewable technologies. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2021.
The Community and Environment Fund
The Community and Environment Fund can provide benefits to communities along the route disrupted by the construction of HS2.
Coronavirus Fund (Derbyshire)
The fund has been established to support community groups and organisations working to tackle the impact of the Coronavirus in Derbyshire. The initial focus of the fund will be to provide emergency grants of up to £1,000 to Food banks (that may be experiencing a fall in food donations and/or increases in demand) and befriending services, who will play a key role in helping those in self-isolation.
Council Climate Funds
Camden Climate Fund - The Camden Climate Fund can provide up to 50% of costs to reduce the carbon used in our homes, businesses and community spaces. Advice is to apply ASAP.
Islington Council Community Energy Fund (ICEF) – All applications on hold at present. Next round likely in autumn 2020
Grant Funding Organisations
Big Lottery Fund
Funding pots for community groups.
Charities Aid Foundation
CAF offers a variety of banking, investment and loans solutions as well as grants for a variety of causes.
Community foundations manage funds from individuals, businesses and other donors who want to support causes in their local area.
Grants to fund support, education and research into fuel poverty of energy efficiency improvements to local housing stock.
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Finance for community energy (grants and social impact loans).
Friends Provident Foundation
Grants for projects that address the issues of economic resilience and systems change in different ways.
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.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Grants for projects working to tackle climate change, poverty and rebalancing local economies, resources and resilience.
Grants to fund community renewable energy and social enterprise projects.
Power to Change
Grants to help new and existing community businesses grow and become more sustainable. 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.
Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC)
Simple and flexible financing for charities and social enterprises.
Loans to charities, community groups and social enterprises (£50k - £2.5m) for capital projects.
Finance for community groups. Loans from £10k - £75k available, but can increase to £150k.
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.
Ethex has a track record of successfully raising more than £70m for over 70 enterprises from a committed network of more than 15,000 people who want to use their money to create impact. Over £50m of the funding raised has been for community energy projects.
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.
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.
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.