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Renewable energy fund

Developing local communities fund

What is available?

This fund can provide grants of up to 100% of total 'eligible' costs for capital projects up to a maximum of £5000 per project, where costs are one-off.

The local grant scheme can meet only a proportion of the cost of any project. The rest of the cost of a project 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.

Projects of over £10,000 total 'eligible' cost will be expected to apply to the main renewable energy fund.

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.

Projects will receive an advance payment of 25% of total grant award. Payment of the rest is retrospective on production of receipted original invoices and a completed grant claim and progress report form.


Who can apply?

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

  • partnerships, trusts, co-operatives and other non-governmental organisations
  • community groups, associations or organisations
  • any business, co-operative or other trading enterprise located, or offering a service benefiting communities, within a 10km radius of participating developments

Priority will be given to those communities within a five kilometre radius of the participating development.

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 grant 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 email or call the Rural Partnership Leader Programme.


Rural Partnership Leader Programme

Phone: 01555 665064
Email: Rural Partnership Leader Programme