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Renewable energy fund

Main renewable energy fund

What is available?

The Renewable Energy Fund (REF) can provide grants of up to 50% of total 'eligible' costs, for capital projects only.

The REF can meet only a proportion of the cost of any project. The rest of the cost has to be funded from other sources. This can be either public or private sector money or volunteers' time and donated materials - this is called match funding.

Match funding support will have to be in place in a way that can be audited.

Grant support will only be available for capital projects which can demonstrate that funding for set up and on-going revenue costs and routine repair and maintenance has already been identified/approved as appropriate.

Payment of grants will be retrospective on the production of receipted original invoices and a completed grant claim and progress report form. Community based projects may receive advance payment up to a maximum of 50% of total grant award.

Who can apply?

Application for financial assistance for projects within a 10km radius of participating renewable energy developments will be accepted from:

  • public organisations and agencies
  • partnerships, trusts, co-operatives and other non-government organisations
  • community groups, associations or organisations
  • any social enterprise or not for profit organisation located, or offering a service benefiting communities, within a 10km radius of participating developments

Applications will be considered from outside the 10km radius if it can be demonstrated that the people who will benefit live inside the eligible area. Any grants awarded would be proportional to the percentage of residents who would benefit from the project.

How to apply

To discuss your idea before making an application or for an application form contact Enterprise Resources.